I have to say again, don’t judge a book by the cover. It isn’t a very good depiction of the guys or the story, bu 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
I have to say again, don’t judge a book by the cover. It isn’t a very good depiction of the guys or the story, but does give you an idea. Shawn and Connor are back with another mission, this time with the addition of Julian, Shawn’s ex-handler and lover.
Julian makes it clear pretty quickly what he wants and that he will do just about anything to get it. From the blurb, and as the story plays out, it isn’t difficult to figure out what’s going on. Shawn and Connor are committed to each other though, and that plays a big part in their eventual success.
As with the previous book, you have to suspend some beliefs here. But, you also get a bit of what made that book interesting and exciting. There is action and intensity as the mission plays out, only the roles are reversed and it is Shawn who must follow through on their promises to each other of always having the other’s back.
There are many aspects of these stories that work and are done well, such as the team camaraderie and lingo, but there are others that felt as though they needed to be a bit more fleshed out. By that I mean that certain events happen very quickly and while they don’t necessarily need to be more drawn out, I think they could have used some more detail to add weight to what was happening. But, they were quite enjoyable and easily fit into the afternoon change of pace read shelf. I liked Shawn and Connor together and would not hesitate to pick up another story about them....more
This is most definitely a case of don’t judge a book by its cover. it is not a very good depiction of these guys 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is most definitely a case of don’t judge a book by its cover. it is not a very good depiction of these guys and I felt definitely do them any justice. Shawn and Conner are a part of Shadow Unit, which is made up of elite men and women from various organizations and different countries. Shawn is a big Texan, I believe, who was a Navy SEAL, and Connor is British. They have been partners in the Unit for a while now and are also together though they’ve kept their relationship a secret from the rest of their team.
When the team gets the call that there is an opportunity to stop a major arms deal, they quickly devise a plan to go undercover in order to get the information needed to stop the sale and take everyone down. With an unbelievably extremely small amount of preparation, the guys go in. Connor is to become an employee at a club, and since he fits the bill of the club owner, Jae’s, penchant for American boy toys, Shawn is chosen to catch Jae’s eye and take the place of his current plaything in hopes of getting close to the needed information. All of this happens quickly as well with little to know trouble.
Once the guys are in place, things quickly get hairy. Shawn is forced to take drugs in order to keep up appearances and maintain his cover as an American looking to party. He must submit to Jae’s harsh treatment and offer of drugs and partying to put up a good front, all while Connor watches from the sidelines. It is clear that Jae uses the drugs as a means of controlling his play things, and Shawn is quickly falling under the spell of the drugs. Things get worse before they get better, but Conner is there when Shawn needs him and basically saves him in more ways than one.
You definitely have to suspend beliefs here for a number of things that seem highly unlikely. But, it was interesting and exciting with quite a bit of action that kept my interest. I especially liked getting to see Shawn’s recovery and that it was something both he and Connor had to struggle with. Between the dangerous partnership on the team, and their commitment outside of it, these guys had a bond that was easy to see and was truly what helped get them through. I wasn’t totally wowed by this story, but I enjoyed many aspects and eagerly jumped into the next installment....more
This was one tragic, yet beautiful and captivating story! I was in love with Kyle and Jesse from the start. I loved watchi Review by The Blogger Girls.
This was one tragic, yet beautiful and captivating story! I was in love with Kyle and Jesse from the start. I loved watching them in love, celebrating being together, planning their future, enjoying Pride and the marriage legality. I wanted to be right there with them experiencing it all and celebrating with them. It was infectious. Until it wasn’t.
I will never understand how anyone can physically hurt another human being such as what happens to Kyle and Jesse, and I’m flabberghasted and sickened every time I hear about it in real life. Getting an inside glimpse on someone who experienced it and the ensuing aftermath that that affects their life was just as painful and heartbreaking. Good and bad, nothing in this story felt made up or unbelievable.
But, more about Kyle and Jesse. Though we get to see the joy of their lives beforehand, and everything following, it is that aftermath that took over this story for me. Jesse was the more injured of the two and Kyle was right there by his side through it all. It was so hard to watch them struggling so much even if it was expected. They both experienced the attack but are having to deal with fallout in different ways. The physical healing was just a small piece to their new puzzle. This was something that was truly dividing them when before nothing really had.
Jesse has the help of a wonderful family and friends, but Kyle doesn’t have many other friends and is dealing with his recent coming out to his parents about his bisexuality who don’t take it that well, with the exception of his brother, Bobby. I absolutely loved how they went from typical brothers who got along but bickered and tolerated each other to Bobby being the number one supporter. He was one of my favorite side characters without a doubt. Jesse’s friends/frat brothers were amazing, and I loved his completely loving and supporting family as well.
The love these guys share bleeds off the page, but as everything else overwhelms them, their relationship suffers. There is a lot going on here, between the physical and mental healing, the adjustments they needed to make to their lives and dealing with first finding their attackers and then the ensuing trial, not to mention the family issues, they have a lot on their plates. As horrible as that all seems, trust me when I say that it is worth it to follow them to the end.
For me, a book that truly captivates me, even though the content may be cringeworthy at times, keeps me engaged, revs up my emotions and has me focused on turning pages, is a true sign of a well written book. It was an amazingly beautiful story of love, tragedy, second chances and rising like a phoenix from the ashes to find that love again, and I’m so glad I took a chance on it. Highly recommended....more
At first glance, this may seem like just another football GFY story. But, it doesn’t take long to realize that is 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
At first glance, this may seem like just another football GFY story. But, it doesn’t take long to realize that is not the case.
Alexander is miserable but has somewhat come to grips with the fact that everything he loves (and hides) will all end once he graduates college. He has shaped himself to fit into the mold his family demands, from the college he attends to football and law school, ending with working at the family law firm. He pretty much goes with the flow while hating himself inside for all the lies that make up his life. But that all begins to change when his friends drag him out to an “adult” club.
Lincoln is the owner of said “adult” club which turns out to be a pretty exclusive BDSM establishment where Lincoln happens to be a master dom. You still might be thinking this sounds pretty typical, but Lincoln and Alexander are anything but. When Lincoln goads Alexander up to the stage, the sparks really start to fly. Alexander doesn’t believe he is gay at this point, has never had any interest in men before this, and is mostly putting up a brave front for his friends. He is put into a headspin after his eye opening night out and does a lot of questioning and soul searching. Lincoln sees past Alexander’s carefully built shell and while things don’t happen lickity split, Alexander eventually comes around and their time together was smoking hot, fun and exciting. Alexander is a total newbie to the BDSM scene, so his naivety and humor made him a joy to watch. He was unknowingly sassy and brought a playfulness to their relationship that I loved. That Lincoln enjoyed it too, realizing he never had that before, was also fun. These guys just really made a great pair as they adapted to each other.
There really is so much more to this than it sounds, but I don’t want to give much more away. Suffice to say that their situation/predicament was a bit heartbreaking from both sides. Even knowing this was more than just sex, knowing they had to keep their relationship a secret, and the inevitable outcome of Alexander going back to his shell of a life, they kept going. Lincoln knew he should walk away, knew he should stick to his rules, but was unable, and Alexander wanted to stay, to stand up for the things he wanted, but was unable. This was loaded with emotion and many various feels.
There isn’t a ton of football happening, as most of the story is really about the characters themselves. But, it felt like the perfect amount. Not too much, but enough to know how important it is. Alexander also has some great friends on his team, some of which he is close enough to share his secrets. One especially, Tank, is really the one who started it all. It was Tank who had the interest in the BDSM and pushed the guys to go there for him. He was funny and caring, and it was easy to fall for his charms. Thankfully, his story is next, and I can’t wait to read it!
This was well written, had me burning through the pages and left me unhappy that it was over. I felt as though I could read on and on about these two, and I’m happy to see they appear in the next book. If you love a great GFY football story with a range of emotions, I highly recommend you give this a try....more
I have enjoyed this series from the beginning and have been looking forward to David’s story. You really need to read thes Review by The Blogger Girls.
I have enjoyed this series from the beginning and have been looking forward to David’s story. You really need to read these in order to get a full understanding of the events that have brought the guys to this point.
Dusty is one of the All Cocks porn actors. While in the hospital to support his friends after the vicious attack at the Monster Bar that has affected many of his friends, he notices David is also in residence healing from the injuries he sustained when his brother beat him almost to death before he went postal wreaking havoc at the club. He is drawn to David and remains by David’s side, generally keeping the young man company while he is recovering in a coma.
Dusty realizes David was also a victim of his brother’s actions and doesn’t let that cloud his judgment of David as their friendship grows. It is for this very reason though that he keeps David’s identity a secret from his friends/family, knowing they might not feel the same and wanting to shield David from any more hurt. With the help of Tristan, David regains more control over his life, emotions, etc. At the same time, it becomes clear that keeping David a secret for very long isn’t the best course of action for all involved.
I loved watching David finally find some love and peace. He had a pretty negative upbringing with his fanatical mother and evil brother. Dusty was exactly what they needed, and David ended up being just what Dusty needed as well. They made a sweet couple, and the rest of the guys showed their true colors as they eventually came through and made David a part of their family.
So many people are connected, either by blood or relationships, but it is pretty easy to follow. It was a tiny bit confusing at times keeping David and Dusty straight, especially when they would each call the other “D.” But it doesn’t take much to figure things out.
It was great seeing the other guys again in the various stages of their lives with some getting engaged, some growing their families, etc. We also meet Dusty’s parents, and see his father find someone special in the process. This was a sweet story, aside from the bad things David must overcome, and I was not disappointed with any of it. The All Cocks family continues to grow, and I can’t wait to see what’s coming next....more
I love reading about damaged characters and seeing them overcome and find love. This one is chock full of that. T 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
I love reading about damaged characters and seeing them overcome and find love. This one is chock full of that. The blurb pretty much tells all the what, leaving out only the why, which is what this story spends most of its time trying to figure out. Zack meets Tommy (Rob’s brother) when he goes looking for those answers. They have chemistry and decide to act on that as a way to forget about their issues and pain. In the course of doing so, their relationship grows as they continue the search together, supporting each other as they go.
This story lost steam for me fairly early on once we got past Zack and Tommy’s meeting. Their search for answers, almost debilitating grief, both Tommy’s for not being what Rob needed and Zack’s for not being able to stop Rob when he was the last to see him, coupled with both of them agonizing over not seeing the signs, while understandable, got to be very repetitive. I think the amount of time it took to get any answers may have factored into that. We get chapters here and there told by Rob that start to shed some light on that fateful night, but it isn’t until the end that we get a clearer picture.
I could not imagine going through anything closely resembling a suicide and can easily see how frustrating it must be to those affected by it, let alone understand the feelings, mentality or degrees of depression one must feel to get to that point. Those struggles shine through in this story. Their frustrations, varying degrees of guilt over not only Rob, but of their growing relationship, were so strong, you can’t help but feel it. Thankfully, they overcome and we get to see them in a better light. There are some serious issues this book covers, and I think it did a good job not glossing over them. If you can make it through to the end, it is worth the struggle to see these guys overcome and realize they are just what the other needs.
This was well written, just as I’ve come to expect from Ms. Hart. I’ve only read one other story by Ms. McCormack, but I wouldn’t hesitate to try another based on what I’ve read so far....more
This was a cute story about Jock and Gus who are lone werewolf mates trying to survive on their own after being cast our of their pack. They find a liThis was a cute story about Jock and Gus who are lone werewolf mates trying to survive on their own after being cast our of their pack. They find a litter of actual wolf cubs whose mother had been killed by a trapper. Archer, is the Alpha wolf who tracks them down in search of the the trapper who killed the wolf mother. He quickly realizes Jock and Gus are his mates and wants them to be their own pack. Gus takes some extra convincing, as he is afraid Archer will take Jock away from him. But, once Archer convinces Gus that Jock will still belong to him, but that both of them will belong to Archer.
That is pretty much the story in a nutshell. It is cute, but pretty simple and straightforward. Other than getting Gus on board with the plan, there isn’t really anything else giving these guys any trouble. The writing was a bit choppy in places, mostly due to the short, monosyllable conversations. Unfortunately, we don’t really learn very much about any of the other werewolves, packs or anything really to do with their being werewolves. These are just three wolves who end up living together in a somewhat secluded setting. The wolf pups were cute, but they felt like more of a filler than a necessary part of the story.
All in all, this was a cute afternoon read that fans of shifter stories would enjoy.
Book 2 in this series brings us Ryan, a writer looking to cure his writer’s block by heading to a mountain cabin. Before he reaches his desti3.5 stars
Book 2 in this series brings us Ryan, a writer looking to cure his writer’s block by heading to a mountain cabin. Before he reaches his destination, he is noticed by Samson and Dane, two werewolf mates who are Enforcers in their pack. They immediately sense he is their mate, or their Chosen.
Ryan is apparently a werewolf who doesn’t know he is one. He has yet to shift or show any signs of being wolfy, but Samson and Dane can sense the wolf in him. They immediately start working their charms to lure the unsuspecting Ryan into their bed. Ryan leaves before they can convince him that he is theirs and all that that entails. So, they track him down and basically start over or continue with their claiming ritual.
This story was a little bit more involved than the first. It can easily be read as a stand alone, as I didn’t see any connection with any of the wolves, packs, etc. from one book to the next. We learn some more about the pack and its makeup, positions, etc., but other than the issues with Ryan coming to grips with (a) being a werewolf; and (b) having two alpha mates, and the entire pack panting after Ryan when Samson and Dane let him get away before finishing the claiming ritual, there isn’t much else to the story. We did get to meet the other set of Enforcers and their Chosen, who seem quite interesting, but most of the time is spent in the bedroom.
I enjoyed this one a little more than the first and believe it to be another enjoyable afternoon shifter story.
This was my favorite of the stories so far. I loved Eli and just wanted him to be happy. He has had a horrible childhood (abuse triggers) and the secr This was my favorite of the stories so far. I loved Eli and just wanted him to be happy. He has had a horrible childhood (abuse triggers) and the secrets he is hiding are eating him alive. They are keeping him from fully enjoying the friends who call him family and has isolated himself as a means of protecting various parties.
Then there is Mav, who is also a loner. Eli quickly gets under Mav's thick skin and, as has been the pattern in this series thus far, after quite a bit of denial regarding feelings and emotions, they help each other and find peace and happiness.
The next story looks just as promising, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the next couple makes out....more
3.5 stars These books all have a similar theme - Tough alpha mercenary hardened by loss of a loved one/family, vowing to never love again...until they 3.5 stars These books all have a similar theme - Tough alpha mercenary hardened by loss of a loved one/family, vowing to never love again...until they meet the damaged main character. They fight it for a while, but it is inevitably no use and they give in. But not before causing the damaged character more pain, unfortunately.
I liked Hawke from the previous books. He's on a mission to seek vengeance upon his wife's murderers, albeit it has taken 10+ years to come even close to accomplishing it. Tate is his new vehicle to that goal, since he is the brother/son of said murderers. It is clear early on that Tate has had a horrible life and is making the best of things for himself and his son.
There were a few instances in this story that had me cringing a bit. Hawke takes advantage of Tate on more than one occasion, and even though Tate wanted it, the psychological ramifications left a bad taste in my mouth. Things do get better, eventually, but it's a bumpy road to get there.
Still, I'm invested in this story and continue to look forward to each character's story....more
Lots of guilt and angst in this one before Ronan finally gives in to Seth. It was hard believe Seth just kept letting Ronan back, but persist3.5 stars
Lots of guilt and angst in this one before Ronan finally gives in to Seth. It was hard believe Seth just kept letting Ronan back, but persistence paid off and he finally got the man he had a thing for ever since Ronan and Seth's deceased brother were together. Enjoyable but a tiny bit tiresome until things are settled....more