This was a really cute enjoyable vampire story. Liam has been on the streets from a young age. He has taken a young man, Mal, under his wings and supp This was a really cute enjoyable vampire story. Liam has been on the streets from a young age. He has taken a young man, Mal, under his wings and supports them both by thieving, pick pocketing, etc. Unfortunately, circumstances led them to be under the control Curt, a sort of pimp, though Liam manages to keep sex out of the equation thus far. In exchange for a place to live, Liam must bring in enough cash for the both of them. Mal has been sick as well, requiring more from Liam to cover the costs.
Liam agrees to take on one final job for Curt before he and Mal leave on their own. Unfortunately, he bites off a bit more than he can chew when he manages to break into the home of Vincent de Saint-Bonnet, a man with a very dark reputation.
I was pulled into this story right away. Liam, aka the Acrobat, is easy to like with his sassy mouth and quick wit. Likewise, Vincent is interesting and charming and a bit taken with his little thief. Unfortunately, there are a few things getting in the way, even though Vince believes Liam might be his coer du sang, or soul mate. Liam was after a special dagger, which happened to be one of the only weapons that can kill Vincent. All Liam knows is that he must retrieve it in order to save Mal and for them to be able to leave Curt. So, there is a bit of miscommunication along the way as well.
But, in the meantime, we have some great chemistry and banter as they each get to know one another and get to the bottom of things at the same time. It takes a while for the trust to happen, but it shines through in the end. I really enjoyed this story and read it in one sitting. I never would have guessed this was translated from another language and thought the translation was very well done. This is a new-to-me author, but I am definitely looking forward to reading more, especially book 2 of this new series.
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
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.
Fever has been one of the few m/f series I have followed completely from beginning to end, and it remains at the top of that list today. It contains sFever has been one of the few m/f series I have followed completely from beginning to end, and it remains at the top of that list today. It contains some of the most unique and complex characters, and the world itself is extremely creative. If you have followed along this far, you are as connected and committed to seeing it play out as I was, and Ms. Moning did a wonderful job of wrapping things up in this final installment.
This book contains many pages of inner dialog of various characters, from the Book (both as Mac and on its own), to the original Unseelie Queen and a few others in between. I admit I was forced to skim a bit during these parts, as they felt wordy and too complicated for me. I needed more character interaction and dialog, needed to see the characters I love and how they fared during everything that happened to each of them and their world as a whole. While there were many details given in those pages, I needed the story to move forward a bit faster. When that happened, it just took over and brought back everything I've loved about it.
Even though the characters are all evolving, I always had a sense they were exactly as I remembered. From Barrons and his awesomeness to Ryo, Lor and the rest of the elusive nine. We were finally given more information about them and their existence and capabilities, as was the case with some of the others as well, such as Christian, Cruce, Dancer, and especially Dani.
So many things happened in this installment, and I was happy and sad to see it all come to an end. There are still a few unanswered questions and I was left with the feeling that we might some day see some of these characters again. I sure hope that's the case, as I don't think I'll every really be ready to let them go for good....more
This is such a fun series, and these authors make a fantastic writing duo! I suppose this could be read as a stand alone, but I definitely recommend y This is such a fun series, and these authors make a fantastic writing duo! I suppose this could be read as a stand alone, but I definitely recommend you read them all to get a real sense of this world and to really get a feel for all the players and their various issues. Jesse and Ian are co-mods on Kai’s Twitch channel. For those who haven’t a clue about gaming, that’s where someone video blogs themself gaming and sharing various aspects of their experience, whether it is simply entertainment, giving tips or reviewing the game. Successful Twitchers actually make livings through their channels, subscribers, gaming companies, etc., so it is a pretty big deal to the gaming community.
Anyhoo, this story takes place during the same timeframe as the previous book, Fast Connection. Jesse and Ian are attending the same con (planning to meet up to host a panel in Kai’s absence) that Costigan crashes to find his wayward sister. There is a slight problem though in that Ian is known on Kai’s channel as “Cherry” or “Cherrycakes,” whom everyone assumed was a girl. When they meet, Jesse sees Ian at his artist’s stand at the con where he is known as “Cerise.” Jesse falls for Cerise/Ian, not knowing he is Cherry.
Much of this story is about Ian and his personas, why he has and needs them, why he is unable to be himself, etc. He has a lot of issues where this is concerned which contribute to his anxiety issues. On the flip side, there is Jesse, who has now realized he is gay and though he doesn’t share the same anxiety issues as Ian, he has a few of his own with standing up for himself (especially where his parents are concerned).
These guys are exactly what each other needs, but there is quite a bit of miscommunication or lack thereof before they believe it. It was easy to see these guys were young and lacked relationship experience, but it was fun to watch them figure it out. They were comfortable with each other physically though, and there were some fantastic steamy scenes, both in person and via Skype/sexting, they just needed time to work out the rest.
So, this was another great addition to the Cyberlove series that continues with the same quality of writing as the previous books. It was great to see some of the other characters again, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s up next in the gaming community. Things seem to be heating up with Beau and Zane, so perhaps they will show us some of their stuff next!
Wade is on a trip to LA to visit a long-time friend/former lover, Owen, when his life is seemingly irrevocably ch 4.5 star Review by The Blogger Girls.
Wade is on a trip to LA to visit a long-time friend/former lover, Owen, when his life is seemingly irrevocably changed. Wade and Owen had been together previously, but Owen, who was a closeted bisexual, never came to terms with his attraction to men. Owen and Wade maintained their friendship until Owen moved away. But, Owen basically went off the deep end, decided to kidnap Wade and torture him as a means of cleansing him of his current lover, Russ. Owen was in a deep psychotic episode throughout the ordeal, and while that helps explain things, it certainly doesn’t excuse his actions.
But, the main story here isn’t actually the kidnap/torture/rape that Wade endured, though that is a big part. It is mostly contained in chapters 2/3 which could technically be skipped if you are unable to handle it, but there are references throughout the rest of the story that give hints as to some of what Wade endured. This is one of the things I loved about the way this story was told. While we get a good chunk and general sense of what took place in current time during the kidnapping, it is during the months following his kidnapping, after Wade his healed physically, but throughout much of Wade’s healing process that we are fed some of the details. It gave a sense that this was not something Wade would simply heal from like a bruise or broken bone, but something that he may well have to always deal with on some level.
The bulk of the story is about Wade healing and finding ways to cope and come to terms with what has happened. He and Russ take baby steps to help Wade get by with fewer episodes, find ways to do every day things without triggering anything, and most of all, find ways for Wade to enjoy being together sexually (though Russ never pushes and is happy with however much Wade can or wants to do). It is often Russ who has to be strong when Wade wants to push too far. Wade’s psyche had been forcibly trained one way where he endured extreme pain but also unbelievably intense orgasms for fear dying. To say he had some serious issues to overcome in being able to have “normal” sex again, is a vast understatement. But, this story feels very realistic in that healing process. Wade takes many steps back, there is no quick fix, but he is lucky to have a strong support system and a man that loves him more than anything to help him through. He chooses a different approach in his therapy which I found intriguing but easy to understand understand and interesting to watch unfold.
All in all, I really enjoyed this story, the way it was told and how smoothly it read. It contained a difficult subject matter, but was never over the top. I also loved that it was romantic at times but never felt fluffy or cheesy. I wish we had learned a bit more about Wade and Russ’ relationship before the big event, but I never had any doubt about their commitment after it happened. I was a bit disappointed to find this is the first book by this author, as I was eager to jump into another story, but I will definitely be on the lookout in the future. ...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