And, just when you think you know where the story is going…it goes down a totally different path. We find out more about T Review by The Blogger Girls.
And, just when you think you know where the story is going…it goes down a totally different path. We find out more about Trey right off the bat, and I totally didn’t see that coming. Jury is still out on him, though I think he may have just as many, albeit different, issues than Weldon.
When we left Jake, he was not in good shape, to put it mildly. The story picks up as Jake is taken to the “company” doctor for fixing. While it first appeared there was nothing but more torture in store for poor Jake, things change direction a bit. I won’t say more so as to not give away any of the “fun” twists.
This segment was a little bit different than the first in that there were small jumps in time; we didn’t get to see any in-depth activities at the hands of Weldon and his goons, but that’s probably a good thing. What we did get was more character development and plot twisting where people you thought were bad might not be so bad, and those you thought were good or were pinning your hopes on, might not be the safest bet after all.
Time will tell, and I’m super excited to see what Mr. Kol comes up with next, as I’m sure he won’t let us off that easily, and it’s a pretty strong bet that he has a few things up his sleeve for the next installment....more
This one didn't work for me. Aside from the extraordinarily literal instalove, there were quite a few inconsistencies throughout that kept pulling meThis one didn't work for me. Aside from the extraordinarily literal instalove, there were quite a few inconsistencies throughout that kept pulling me from the story as well. It had potential but sorely needed another round of edits or beta reads. :(
Ha! This story starts out differently than I had expected. It starts out showing us Jake, a bruised up 19 year old out at Review by The Blogger Girls.
Ha! This story starts out differently than I had expected. It starts out showing us Jake, a bruised up 19 year old out at a party where he meets a much older Trey who saves him from overdosing. Though he is definitely attracted, there is clearly more going on with Jake, so Trey plays it safe and simply takes care of Jake for the evening.
It is when Jake returns home that we quickly see the extent of the problems he is facing. Unfortunately, things escalate very fast and Jake finds himself in a world of hurt it doesn’t seem he will ever be able to escape. When Weldon makes his appearance, in true Kol fashion, it is made very clear that Weldon has some major plans for Jake.
This installment is only the beginning of what promises to be everything the tags warn about and more. It is just a taste of what’s to come, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout. My heart is breaking more and more for poor Jake. Will Trey somehow end up being his savior? Will there be anything left to save? And if so, what kind of shape will he be in? Is Jake’s younger brother, Colton, destined for the same in a few years? So many questions, and I can’t wait to get to the bottom of it all.
Taboo, Book One is a very short, jam-packed exciting read. If you’re a fan of Kol’s writing, which is 99% dark and depraved, you will undoubtedly enjoy this one. It is well-written and more of everything for which he is known. If this is up your alley, be sure not to pass this one by. I’m already jonesing for the next installment!...more
Carter is an escort trying to make enough to cover his final year of college tuition. He doesn’t like it, but it seems his Review by The Blogger Girls.
Carter is an escort trying to make enough to cover his final year of college tuition. He doesn’t like it, but it seems his only option to make enough money. Unfortunately, he works for a pimp who sets him up with a questionable and shady character, an older man who is rough and dangerous. Before things get too out of control, things are taken out of his hands by Antony, the hitman who takes out Carter’s client right before his eyes.
Antony sees something in Carter, something he knows too well from his own childhood. He is somewhat stuck in the hitman position, and while he has tried to distance himself, is pulled back in to handle more jobs. He can’t get his encounter with Carter out of his head and decides to pursue him, but the underlying issues of his job continue to get in the way.
This grabbed me right away. There’s a lot more to the background of Antony, where he came from and how he came to be the Hitman that gave him a bit more depth than first appears. He and Carter were exciting and made a great couple when everything else wasn’t getting in the way. But persistence pays off in the end and there is a happy ending when all is said and done.
This was a quick read, and my only real niggle was the frequent use of the titles, the “Hitman,” etc. While it worked in some instances, there seemed to be others where it felt unnecessary and pulled me from the story. Aside from that, this was a fast-paced, exciting and sexy read that definitely keeps Kelex on my to read shelf....more
Zack has worked hard to get where he is. He works best alone and has been through numerous assistants due to his gruff dem Review by The Blogger Girls.
Zack has worked hard to get where he is. He works best alone and has been through numerous assistants due to his gruff demeanor and anger management issues. That all changes when Nolan appears.
Nolan had his life turned upside down when a car accident left him lucky to be alive. It has taken two years of recovery to get to the point where he feels he is able to interview for a job, albeit not in his chosen field, which he is no longer able to do due to his anxiety and PTSD issues. He soon finds out tackling the interview was the easy part. But, as damaged as he feels he is, he has great strength in dealing with the difficult Zach, and in doing so, starts to see beneath the many layers to a man who cares a great deal about many things.
There are definitely some bumps in the road as these guys navigate their working relationship and general attraction toward one another. Zach is working with the goal of being able to renovate and reopen the boxing gym he purchased. This is the basis for the series, although it is only in its beginning stages. The gym played an important role in Zach’s (and his bff, Max) childhood as a safe place for LGBTQ youth and a means for Zach to handle his anger issues.
I really enjoyed this story. We aren’t given too much information about Zach’s past, we definitely get to learn about the man himself. It is easy to see Nolan’s effect on Zach, and the two have great chemistry. Zach is able to calm Nolan with his anxiety, and Nolan manages to organize and bring a calmness to Zach’s hectic life. There were some really cute moments and definitely some sexy ones as well. This was a solid foundation for what looks to be a very enjoyable series. I believe Max’ story is next, and I can’t wait to see what’s in story for him! ...more
3.5 stars - Liam is a psychic who is contacted by spirits who were murdered. After almost nine months, he is still grieving the death of his partner/l 3.5 stars - Liam is a psychic who is contacted by spirits who were murdered. After almost nine months, he is still grieving the death of his partner/lover, William. William and Thompson were detective partners, and while Thompson still mourns the loss, he is ready to move on. He has been enlisting the help of Liam, both as a means to help Liam move on, as well as to help solve the recent murders of an apparent serial killer. The victims contact Liam, or he is able to contact them at the scenes, but it is a small window of opportunity and understanding their messages and figuring out clues is a bit tricky.
This story is about the murders of the young gay men and Liam’s psychic abilities, but it is also about Thompson trying to get Liam to move on. Thompson has harbored feelings for Liam for quite some time, even back from when Liam was with William, but he eventually gives up hope where Liam is concerned and decides to move on. This is finally the spark that Liam needs to start living again and opens his eyes to the connection they have.
I took to Liam right away. We got to see glimpses of the man he was before William died, and it was clear to see his life was turned upside down by his passing. I don’t recall ever finding out what actually happened to William and while I guess it isn’t important, I kept thinking we would find out. But life goes on, and there was plenty of other stuff to grab my attention. Trying to figure out the mystery of the killer and what the clues meant was interesting, but again, I don’t recall if we ever found out the point of the pink feathers.
In the end, Liam and Thompson made a good team, and I liked them together. I loved learning about Liam’s abilities, how he was able to see or hear things differently at different times, flashes of things that happened that he only got one shot at seeing before they vanished, etc. This was a fairly quick read that kept my attention to the end. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series and am interested to see what case needs solving next.
Oliver, Miles, Chance, and then Matt, have been friends since high school. Matt joined the group when he met Oliver while Review by The Blogger Girls.
Oliver, Miles, Chance, and then Matt, have been friends since high school. Matt joined the group when he met Oliver while his mother worked for Oliver’s parents cleaning their house.
Oliver is just one of those almost too nice guys who is always trying to help everyone. He has had a mad crush on Matt from almost the very beginning, though he is resigned to the fact that he will forever remain in the best friend zone.
Matt is a rather dreary character in that he never felt he was good enough for anyone. He got by on his good looks, and when he was unable to make it in the Big Apple with his music, fell back on his looks to make a career modeling, something which he hates to do. But, he feels he doesn’t have anything else to offer and is stuck in a major rut. He also feels as though he lost his love of music. The one thing he can count on, and the very reason he left California to make it on his own, was his friendship with Oliver. As with everything else, he never felt he was good enough for Oliver. When he basically hits bottom with where he is in life, it is Oliver he goes back to. Matt is also dealing with some family issues as well to add to his already full plate.
Oliver is sweet, and it is easy to feel bad for Matt at the onset. However, it does get rather repetitive to see these two make it through most of the story without making any progress. It isn’t until very late in the story, when Oliver finally stands up and says enough, that things really improve. If only he had done that years ago! But, just as with life, no matter how many times his friends tried to talk to him about it or try to make him see, Oliver had to come to that decision on his own, which, in turn, forced Matt to do the same.
To be honest, I found Miles and Chance, Dare and Austin and their lives far more interesting or enticing. Miles the workaholic and Chance the anything goes gogo dancer, really need to be in the hotseat. Or how about getting the backstory on Dare, the owner of Wild Side and his partner, Austin? We get teasers on a few of those coming up next at the end of this book, and I already can’t wait to see how those play out!
So, while this was not my favorite Riley Hart story, it is a very promising start to a new series, one which I’m already looking forward to adding to my very full Riley Hart shelf. ...more
Ms. Sue sure knows how to create interesting shifter worlds, and she has done it again here. If you are fans of h 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Ms. Sue sure knows how to create interesting shifter worlds, and she has done it again here. If you are fans of her Sirius Wolves series, you will no doubt enjoy this one as well.
Legend has it that when an alpha mates with a true omega, an Alpha King will result, but many believe such things are not possible, as no one has heard of or seen a true omega since the beginning of wolf lore.
Luca is an alpha-heir who is saved by a young blue eyed boy after being betrayed and left for dead by his twin brother when they were 18. Luca has survived and has been biding his time until he is paired with an omega who will help bring on his alpha powers that will enable him to make some much needed changes to the way things are done. When he is unable to keep quiet long enough for that to happen, he stands up for a young human who is about to be beaten yet again. Luca quickly realizes that young man is the same who saved him all those years ago and also recognizes him as his mate. Things happen quickly from here on out as Kit is not only Luca’s mate, but a true omega, who not only brings great power to Luca but awakens the Alpha King.
As I said, things happen fast and a lot happens in a very short amount of time. There are all kinds of things being thrown at these two, from the king’s duties, including producing an heir, to family issues and betrayals and lots in between. It isn’t much of a mystery that Kit will be able to become pregnant given the mpreg tag, but unfortunately, the characters don’t have that luxury of knowledge until it is almost too late.
Kit and Luca don’t have much time to bask in their budding relationship, as there is much to be done to right the many wrongs that have taken place up to this point by the various unworthy alphas. The relationship between wolves and humans is strained to say the least, and things don’t all go as smoothly as hoped as Luca takes charge.
Through these adventures, there are some fantastic characters by Luca’s (and Kit’s) side. From Luca’s wonderful sisters, to his close friends and advisors, there were many here to enjoy. This appears to be a stand alone story, and while Luca and Kit’s story is resolved in a nice happy ending, there are quite a few others who could easily have stories to tell as well. Surely there is more in store for Sam and Asher!
All in all, this was another wonderful fantasy world Ms. Sue has created. Her stories are my guilty pleasure in the shifter category and one of the few authors who don’t make me shy away from anything mpreg. They are interesting and well written, fast-paced and full of love, emotion, danger and just about everything else wrapped up in a neat little package, and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next....more
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
What a fun and sweet story this was! Cody and Darwin both come from small towns, but with very different upbringings. They Review by The Blogger Girls.
What a fun and sweet story this was! Cody and Darwin both come from small towns, but with very different upbringings. They find each other by chance at a bar/restaurant, Hamburger Mary’s, in Denver, where they hit it off and their sweet romance begins.
Cody is such a sweetheart! He works at Hamburger Mary’s, a place that has given him a family and place of belonging that he yearned for after his parents basically disowned him for being gay. He’s a simply shy guy who is happy living his dream of being able to be himself and has found that in Denver and at Hamburger Mary’s. He has very low self-esteem, thanks mostly to his useless alcoholic father, which led Cody to experience meaningless hookups with basically not many really good experiences.
Darwin, on the other hand, is further along in life, has a great family and is ready to settle down. He has basically been speed dating his way through Denver, without any success. It is on one of his latest unsuccessful dates that he meets Cody and is immediately enamored.
These two are super sweet together, without being all fluffy and flowery. There was such a genuineness about them that made them so endearing. It takes a while for Darwin to get through to Cody that he is worthy of more, that a relationship is possible and what that actually means. They hit some rough bumps with this as Cody deals with his past, but he now has Darwin and a wonderful new family of friends at Hamburger Mary’s to help him through.
This was just a wonderful feel-good story that was cute and funny, sexy and sweet. It made me long to visit Denver, and I can’t wait to see what else is in story for this fun little series. I definitely recommend it and look forward to meeting more members of Hamburger Mary’s!...more
This story starts out as YA, then turns to NA before finishing up as adult. Most of this story takes place in the 4.5 star Review by The Blogger Girls.
This story starts out as YA, then turns to NA before finishing up as adult. Most of this story takes place in the early stages of Scott and Rylan’s lives giving a full background on their upbringing and the general start and makeup of their relationship. It isn’t until the final third of this book that we get to the point where the blurb takes effect. I found this deceiving in a way that does not do this story justice in that it is so much more than the blurb makes it out to be.
We meet Scott and Rylan as awkward teens trying to get through high school. They are thrown together when Rylan’s dad marries Scott’s mom, who is a real piece of work. Even after all Scott has been through at the hands of his unloving mother, he is still a great guy at heart who basically takes Rylan under his wings.
Rylan is gay and has decided to make his start in the new school out and proud. As he and Scott grow closer through a crappy shared homelife as they share in their various miseries, their relationship expands beyond friendship and a special bond is formed. But the home situation hits a head, and not even the only true friendship Scott has ever had is enough to keep him from running.
Fast forward six years, and we are at the blurb, where Scott and Ryland end up running into each other at a Pride event. On the outside, it appears these guys have both changed quite a bit, but underneath, things are still the same. Scott is living life to the fullest based on his looks alone, and Rylan is still the shy somewhat geeky photographer trying to find his way. What is clear is that Rylan is the only one to ever truly get close to Scott, but these guys still carry a lot of baggage.
This story was very captivating. Through the sadness, there was sweetness and warm feels throughout. Things get very exciting at the end as things seem to be heading back on track for these guys, but beware, it ends on a pretty big cliffhanger. There is a sneak peek of the next book at the end, so you can have an idea of where things are going to go though. But, those who like to have the whole story available might want to wait for the rest of the books in this series to be published, but I highly recommend you keep this on your need to read shelf. It was well written with characters you can’t help but care about. I can’t wait to see how things turn out for these guys!...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.