Melanie Hansen is quickly becoming a go-to author for me. Her latest, Love and the Exorcism, is a short Valentine’s Day novella that left me h 4 Stars!
Melanie Hansen is quickly becoming a go-to author for me. Her latest, Love and the Exorcism, is a short Valentine’s Day novella that left me happily sighing and with a huge smile on my face. It is no easy feat to write a novella with a bit of substance, leaving your reader satisfied and not wishing they got more to the story. I’d say Ms. Hansen definitely accomplished this and has penned a sweet and sexy romance about two protagonists who take things to the next level when they both end up attending an anti-Valentine’s Day party.
Against his better judgment, Tom Hannity agrees to attend his friend’s Valentine’s Day “Ex-orcism” party. It is not exactly his idea of a fun night; however, what else is he going to do on the day of love with no boyfriend to speak of. After all, he needs to prove that he is not the boring individual that is ex is proclaiming to whoever will listen. Doesn’t he? When Tom runs into Mario Tellez at the party, his night starts to look up. The hunky Latin landscaper is someone Tom never thought he’d have a shot at but there are certainly reciprocal sparks flying between the two. The night definitely starts off on a great note only to move quickly into the horrendous category. Tom and Mario end up seeing each other at their absolute worst; however, is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Can the two men somehow make it work beyond the bumps in the road and reach for their shot at unconditional love and a future with one another?
This was a cute novella and it had a copious amount of sexy times. So that’s a win in my book! There was something just so endearing about both Tom and Mario that had me rooting for them. There some minor issues and insecurities to work out before taking it any further than hot sex. But, don’t worry this is a short novella and has very little angst. You get a lovely happy forever all presented to you with a pretty bow.
Definitely a feel-good and light-hearted read that you can quickly devour. All in all, Love and the Exorcism was a great holiday read perfect for when you are in the mood for a quick and cozy book that will leave your heart happy, regardless if you are anti-Valentine’s Day or not. ;)
***An advance reading copy of Love and the Exorcism by Melanie Hansen was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
“I don’t know,” Alec replied honestly. “I just know we have to do it.”
Ed nodded. “Me too.”
The Law of Attraction is a stand-alone, contemporary M/M romance by Jay Northcote. This was a sexy, low-angst love story about two strong-willed and driven men who were certainly not expecting each other. What can be hotter than the forbidden? Hmmmm??? Perhaps inappropriate office sexy times. ;)
Alec Rowland is a successful lawyer who is on the fast-track to becoming a partner at one of the largest and more prestigious law firms in London, Baker Wells. One destructive incident in his teens has led Alec to keep his sexuality a secret instead of living his life as a proud gay man. Alec’s life is all about his career so relationships have been put on the back-burner. When he feels like “scratching that itch”, his sexual involvements are all one night stands with men that he picks up at gay bars. This also allows him to keep his personal and professional life distinctly separate. That is…until his latest one night stand walks into his office as the newly hired temp.
Ed Piper is a new lawyer who is determined to make a great impression at his new job. While out with his friends one evening Ed decides to go home with a broody and intriguing man. It’s not usually his style but Ed can’t help but feel a profound connection with the man. After a mind-blowing night, the last thing he expects is to come face to face with his one-night-stand at his new job. To make matters worse, it’s his new boss!
Both Alec and Ed attempt to keep things strictly platonic and professional; however, there’s no denying the sizzling attraction they have for each other. Spending so much time with one another makes it too hard to resist temptation. But, can the two men really make it work? Particularly when Alec is not even out to his family and co-workers and Ed refuses to be a dirty little secret.
I loved how Alec and Ed could not help but to slowly fall into one another - the insecurities, the awkward beginning of encountering the other in an office setting, the desire, the inexplicable passion. It was all there and so realistically done. Alec struggles with all that his heart is telling him when it comes to Ed. He has no idea how to handle this new turn in his life, how he is going to handle the fact that he has finally met someone that makes his want to step out from the dark and live a life where he can be himself. Once our two protagonists reveal how they truly feel about one another the progression of their relationship is natural and sweet despite the uncertainties. Ed is certain about the fact that he wants Alec to be a big part of his present and his future but he is unwilling to have a relationship in the closet. The pair have a few obstacles to overcome and have a bit to work out and their happy forever is not going to come super easy; however, they both know real when they see it and what they share is worth the fight.
I really did enjoy reading The Law of Attraction. It is a sweet novel about embracing who you are and facing the obstacles that may stand in your way head on. Let’s face it, how many of us start lasting relationships effortlessly and flawlessly? Alec and Ed certainly didn’t. Anything real and worth it is always going to be messy, mistakes will be made and the awkwardness is simply part of it all. When I finished the book I had a huge smile on my face. This was a wonderful, character-driven romance, a book that left me happily sighing by the end. Plus, is was hot! Bonus!!
***An advance reading copy of The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
The Stolen Suitor be Eli Easton is a quirky contemporary M/M romance. I want to preface this review by indicating that I have loved the books 3 Stars!
The Stolen Suitor be Eli Easton is a quirky contemporary M/M romance. I want to preface this review by indicating that I have loved the books written by this author that I have read in the past. Ms. Easton has a penchant for writing sweet, unique and hilarious books that always leave me happily sighing. While this story is certainly engaging and fun, it did fall a little short for me.
So what is this book about? This story takes place in the small town of Clyde’s Corner, Montana, a place with its share of eccentric inhabitants. Trix Stubben is a young widow who is the heir to the wealthiest ranch in and around Clyde’s Corner. A ranch that some individuals want to get their hands on. Namely, Mabe Crassen is the culprit here. She is determined to see her son, Eric, marry Trix so that she can get her dirty little paws on the successful ranch. There is one problem though. Trix is supposedly dating Chris Ramsey, a young man who she has been friends with for quite some time and whose family owns the main source of groceries in town (Clyde’s Corner Mercantile). Further, it is rumoured that Chris is about ready to pop that magical question that would tie him to Trix indefinitely. Mabe is a stubborn woman though and has come up with a plan. You see, Mabe knows that Chris swings both ways so her plan involves her youngest son, Jeremy Crassen, seducing and then outing Chris while Eric moves in and works his magic with Trix.
So many things can go wrong here, right?
Jeremy hates his mother’s asinine plan but he feels like he has no choice but to give in to her demands. He wants to get out of Clyde’s Corner and seducing Chris is his ticket out of the small town. How will Jeremy accomplish his task when Chris is determined to marry the young widow?
I had a really hard time liking the characters in this novel, and that includes both the main protagonists. Jeremy’s reasons for following along with his mother’s crazy plan were a little selfish in my opinion. It made me dislike him right from the start to be honest. I am unsure if he ever won me over after that. Then there is Chris. He eventually gives into Jeremy’s advances even though he is engaged to a woman. I realize that he was marrying Trix more out of obligation, but that still was not right. I guess where I am going with all this is the fact that I may have been one over a little easier by both protagonists if they were given more time together. With the multiple POVs and the secondary romance between Trix and Eric, I feel like the romance between Jeremy and Chris fell a little short.
All in all, The Stolen Suitor was an enjoyable read despite my issues with it. This is a low-angst, sugary romance where you get handed a nice HEA wrapped up with a pretty bow. Nothing wrong with that! I really love Eli Easton’s writing style and her original humour. I just wish I ended up liking this one more than I did. However, I am certainly looking forward to more by this author.
***An advance reading copy of The Stolen Suitor by Eli Easton was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Happy Birthday is a stand-alone short novella by B.D. Roca. A quick and intense read about a biker with a death wish and the man he is trying to save.
After witnessing a murder, Jake Rushman is on the run and trying to evade his imminent death at the hands of the Bastard Legion MC. Nick is the club enforcer who has been charged with eliminating the “problem”. In other words, Nick is supposed to get rid of the witness that can land the biker club in a whole lot of hot water. However, Nick is done with the biker way of life that he had no choice but fall into at a very young age. Nick plans to walk a difficult path to redemption, one where saving Jake will be the last thing he ever does. When Jake and Nick come face to face, neither one expects a profound connection to develop. Neither one expects to fall in love.
This is a very quick read and there is a lot going on. While I did like the style of writing and the overall story arc, I did have some issues with its execution. I do realize that this is a novella and things between our two protagonists are supposed to move at a faster pace due to the length of the story. However, I wish the author would have developed the characters a little more, particularly Nick’s character. Nick goes from this individual who is simply done with life to someone who has hope, possibly for the first time in his life. I would have liked to see the author dive a little deeper. She certainly has talent as a writer and I feel like I would have connected with both Jake and Nick a little more had I been given more story. We do get a very decent story with a few sizzling hot stolen moments amidst all the chaos. And, I must say, those scenes were not only passion-filled and sexy but they were also a lot of fun to read.
All in all, Happy Birthday was an enjoyable read by B.D. Roca. This is not an overly long novella so if you are looking for something with little angst, is fun and a fairly easy read, this would be worth picking up.
***An advance reading copy of Happy Birthday by B.D. Roca was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
“So the dragonfly saves the frog,” he whispered. Staring into the darkness, he added, “You know, Charlie, some might call that an abominatio
“So the dragonfly saves the frog,” he whispered. Staring into the darkness, he added, “You know, Charlie, some might call that an abomination. When the frog eats you alive, what will you do, little bug?”
…. “Fly away, I suppose,” I finally said.
Progress by Amalie Silver is the first book a new series. I decided to request this book on NetGalley for a couple of reasons. One, I have never read a book by this author and really wanted to give her writing a go. Two, the synopsis intrigued me. I also went into this book not knowing that there would be a sequel.
This is a very gut-wrenching story that was a little hard to read at times. It’s a book about two broken individuals, both damaged for very different reasons. Twenty-two year old Charlie Johnson is a hostess with a plethora of issues related to the fact that she is overweight. Twenty-five year old Jesse Anders is a delivery driver with his own personal truck-load of issues. The pair meet at the Crimson Cellar, a local restaurant that they both work at. Charlie has a crush on Jesse, or at least she is intrigued by the mysterious playboy who seems to go after all the under-aged girls. When Jesse begins talking to her and paying her a little bit of attention, a strange and very toxic relationship develops between the two.
Throughout the story, which slowly plays out in the course of one year, Charlie loses a whole bunch of weight and goes on this journey of self-discovery. Jesse is there every step of the way and their relationship seems to get even more dysfunctional as time progresses. Jesse is a cruel jerk and does not hold back his “charms” when it comes to Charlie. There were many times where his degrading insults that were directed at Charlie were hard to take. Despite the fact that there were many time breaks where our two protagonists did not speak to one another, they seem to always fall back on whatever it is that is growing between them.
This was a very depressing story and I really did have some issues with how it all played out. To me, Charlie lost her weight for all the wrong reasons and in all the wrong ways. This was not a healthy journey where she is determined to change for herself and become a stronger person. Nope. She loses weight for a guy and somehow finds her self-worth in this. Further, I do understand that Jesse was dealing with some very serious mental health issues; however, that in no way excuses the fact that he is such a deplorable human!!! Sheesh! The back and forth between Charlie and Jesse was really bothersome and I almost quit reading so many times. I hated the amount of times Charlie forgives Jesse. I wish she would have had enough self-worth to realize that no one deserves to be treated in that manner. I hated the ending and did lose all the remaining respect I had for Charlie at that point. Yes, I understand that the author is trying to make a point with this story and I am certain that this angst-filled journey will progress in the next book. I just felt like there were so many things wrong with the direction that the entire storyline took.
All in all, I think that Progress was simply not the book for me. Do not get me wrong, Ms. Silver is a talented writer. I just think that this book was too frustrating of a read and it delved into some very serious issues in a manner that I did not find all that appropriate. This is just my two cents. If you are intrigued by this book, I say give it a go and formulate your own opinion. Charlie and Jesse’s story will continue in Progress: Interrupted. I do not think I will be reading the continuation.
***An advance reading copy of Progress by Amalie Silver was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
“A hundred years ago, or so the stories went, the great Storms came over the course of a few tumultuous decades and kicked the world’s ass.
“A hundred years ago, or so the stories went, the great Storms came over the course of a few tumultuous decades and kicked the world’s ass. Cities fell. Seas rose. People died.”
Edge of Obsession by Megan Crane is a stand-alone, gritty, dystopian book. This is also the first time I have read anything by this author. Jumping into a novel from an unknown author is always somewhat of a risk, a crap-shoot if you will. You never know if you will be pleasantly surprised or find yourself in the land of the abysmally awful. I am happy to report that I did enjoy reading this book and being taken into the unique, depraved, raw and morally questionable world this author has created.
After the Storms that took place over one hundred years ago, the world as we know it ceased to exist. With much of the land destroyed, it is now a world where people will do anything to survive. Tyr is a powerful raider, part of a group of vicious men who abide by no laws and live very differently from the rest of the remaining population. Tyr lives for his clan and this is where his loyalty lies. When he encounters Helena, a beautiful and feisty prisoner, during one of their raids, he can’t help but be drawn to the spirited woman. However, appearances aren’t always what they seem. Helena is not one of the usual compliant prisoners he is used to encountering. She may just be the key to leading Tyr to his sworn enemy, someone he is desperate to kill. Helena has her own agenda and secrets, one she must fulfill before winter is upon them again and she is thrust into another “marriage” for breeding purposes. She may be attracted to the over-bearing Viking; however, nothing can stop her from continuing what her deceased parents were attempting to do.
I am a huge dystopian fan so to have this author pen an engrossing tale with the added bonus of copious amounts of sexy alpha-males AND some serious filthy sexy times….well, now…. that’s just a win-win situation in my books. For those readers who are not necessarily into reading the dystopian genre, I would still suggest giving this one a go. I did not find anything too overly complicated. As the story progressed and we are provided with a more complete picture of the overall story arc, it became easier and easier to make sense of this imaginative, rich and vivid world and immerse myself in the tale this author was weaving.
I absolutely loved our two protagonists, Tyr and Helena. They both cannot help but succumb to the overwhelming and profound connection they had for each other. Their passion was real and raw in the midst of such uncertainty and danger. Tyr was this wicked and lustful force to be reckoned with and he was definitely an ass-hat of epic proportions to begin with. Despite his insatiable needs and dangerous lifestyle, when Helena comes into his life he would do anything for her, protect her until his last dying breath. This book may have hand numerous action-packed sequences but there is no refuting that the romance was passion-filled.
This book is intense and that is what made is so much fun to read. Right from the start I was swept away into this fast-paced and electric ride, enjoying all the twists and turns that came at me. While Edge of Obsession can certainly be read as a stand-alone I do think this author left it open to continue this series. I am definitely intrigued and would love to have more!
“I have never had a person who is mine alone. I never thought I would.”
“Now you do,” she promised him. “And you always will.”
****An advance reading copy of Edge of Obsession by Megan Crane was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review....more
I Wish You Were Mine is the second book in Lauren Layne’s Oxford series. This is only my second book by this author and I most definitely enjo 4 Stars!
I Wish You Were Mine is the second book in Lauren Layne’s Oxford series. This is only my second book by this author and I most definitely enjoyed this one every bit as I did the first book in the series. I have come to discover that Ms. Layne certainly has a penchant for writing some fantastic chick lit that keeps me engrossed with the story and her wonderfully developed characters. She writes fantastically hilarious and witty tales, swoony romances and hot and sexy times that leave you all hot and bothered. This book is no exception. Another heart-warming gem about trusting your heart, letting go and falling for someone that should be firmly off-limits.
Jackson Burke once had it all – a successful career as a quarterback with the Texas Redhawks, Super Bowl wins and a marriage to his high school sweetheart. When a car accident suddenly ends his career as a football player, matters are made even worse when his wife files for divorce shortly after the accident. Jackson now lives in New York and has joined the Oxford team as the new health and fitness columnist for the magazine. It’s not where he ever imagined being and Jackson is having a hard time fitting in and accepting his new life. Throughout the ups and the downs the one constant for Jackson was his former sister-in-law, Mollie Carrington. When they reconnect in New York Jackson has a hard time reminding himself of all the reasons he should not be having inappropriate thoughts and feelings for Mollie especially when he helps her out and she moves in with him temporarily. Can Mollie and Jackson really put the past behind them and follow their hearts especially when Mollie’s sister (Jackson’s ex-wife) makes it known that she is not through with Jackson yet?
When I first read the synopsis I was not sure if I would enjoy this one. I am not a huge fan of this type of a storyline – evil sister versus the good sister. Evil sister had the man first when all along the good sister should have been with said man. I am pleasantly surprised that this book turned out to be an enjoyable and sweet tale with the added twist of the familial drama. The pairing of a sweet, down-to-earth, geeky, adorable girl-next-door with a broody alpha male has obviously been done before; however, I loved the fact that this author gave us such a wonderful mix of humour, romance and steam with a seamless and flowing writing style. I absolutely loved Mollie even though there were times where I wanted to shake her when it came to how she dealt with her bitchy sister. Mollie, though, is what made this book for me. She was hard not to love with her adorably geeky intelligence and sassy attitude. There was such a sweetness to her that was hard to resist. She was someone that Jackson should have stayed far away from; but, how could he not fall for the girl when she was such a breath of fresh air and who had always been there for you? Jackson was working through so much inner turmoil and watching him find himself once again was deliciously sweet. These two endearing characters had me rooting for them right from the beginning.
All in all, I Wish You Were Mine was a fun-filled and heart-felt read that has me looking forward to future books in this series. I can’t wait to see the rest of the Oxford boys meet their match! Bring on Lincoln’s story!
****An advance reading copy of I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
The Rock is the eleventh book in Monica McCarty’s Highland Guard series. I have been a huge fan of this series right from the onset. This hist 3 Stars!
The Rock is the eleventh book in Monica McCarty’s Highland Guard series. I have been a huge fan of this series right from the onset. This historically rich, gripping and fantastically written series is, in my opinion, one of the best historical highlander series out there. This author has the unique ability of providing her reader with a fascinating and moving love story set against the violent backdrop of when the Scots were fighting for their independence. The entire series spans a nine year period from when William Wallace met his demise in battle to when the Scots, under Robert the Bruce, finally achieve a hard-earned victory against the English in 1314. Each book deals with one of the fictional elite warriors that make up Robert the Bruce’s Highland Guard, the most feared men who were also known as Bruce’s Phantoms.
This installment in the series focuses on Thomas MacGowan, a son of a castle blacksmith, and Lady Elizabeth Douglas, the daughter of the very influential and powerful Lord Douglas. Since Thom first laid eyes on the fair Elizabeth, his heart has always been in her hands. As childhood companions and friends, Thom was always there for Elizabeth and as children their social status did not matter to either one of them. As they grew older Thom always held on to the hope that he would somehow be good enough to marry Elizabeth one day. However, Elizabeth, even though she cares for Thom, cannot imagine marrying someone that is not in her social class. The thought of being disowned by her family is enough to deter her.
Eventually Thom leaves and joins Edward Bruce’s army and begins to make a name for himself always harboring a secret hope that one day Elizabeth would accept him as a husband. However, no matter how many times he declares his love for Elizabeth, she is too afraid to take a risk with Thom. Elizabeth has a duty to her clan and can’t see beyond what her life would be like if she were to marry Thom. Can Elizabeth and Thom find their way to a happy forever in a time where social class means everything and marrying someone outside of your social standing was vehemently opposed?
If I am to be honest in my review of this book, I must admit that I did have a hard time getting through this story. It had nothing to do with the writing as this entire series (including this book) is extremely well written. The overall story arc had me engrossed despite the fact that Thom is a relatively new character in the series and not one of the original Highland Guard members. I absolutely loved Thom and think that he is one of the more endearing and honourable protagonists that Ms. McCarty has written to date. It was nice to see him flourish in the army which eventually leads him to working with the infamous Highland Guard. My difficulty with this book lies entirely with the female lead. I disliked Elizabeth right from the start and despite the valiant efforts made by the author to redeem her character, I simply could not muster up any affection for the lass. My heart broke so many times for Thom. I do understand what Ms. McCarty was trying to achieve with this love story. I really do. She explains in her author’s note at the end of the book that it was difficult to portray the rigid social structure during that time and how marrying down was something that was simply not done. In the end, I just could not deal with Elizabeth. Her way of thinking was just too hard to grasp and the frustrations I had with her were something I could not let go.
All in all, The Rock may not be my favorite book in this series but I do stand behind my earlier statement about how much I love and adore this series. This Highland Guard series is a must read for all historical romance lovers. It is passionate, raw, gripping and simply magical. I am so excited for the final book in the series, The Ghost, which is due next. I have no idea what Ms. McCarty has in store for us with the last book in this series but I am sure it will be epic!
****An advance reading copy of The Rock by Monica McCarty was generously provided via NetGalley to me in exchange for an honest review....more
Because Naughty Holidays Can Be Oh So Nice 2015 is a treat for all Nicole Edwards fans! In this holiday special we get three short novellas featuring characters from three different series by this author. In July 2015 Ms. Edwards had readers vote regarding who they would like to see in a holiday novella and she picked the top three. If you know anything about this author you know that she tends to write about copious amounts of sexual variations (MF/MFM/MM, etc.) and you also know that her books are HOT AS FUCK as we watch each of the characters Ms. Edwards creates succumb to passion and love. I am certainly a huge fan and getting to revisit some of my favorite characters who have blissfully settled into their happy forever made this read such a holiday treat! This book had me gleefully jumping for joy and it turned out to be just as amazing as I was hoping it would be.
Nicole Edwards provides her reader with a plethora of emotional and sizzling hot moments in three separate novellas – one focusing on Travis, Gage and Kylie from Alluring Indulgence, another on RT and Z from Sniper 1 Security and with the final one being about Luke, Cole and Sierra from Club Destiny. Each novella takes place during the holiday season and were definitely a lot of fun to read with some laugh-out-loud scenes and some beautifully tender moments between the characters who are featured. And, as we have all come to expect from this author, we get some nuclear hot and kinky times that will leave you panting. Seriously, Nicole Edwards knows how to write erotica. Damn! We also get some special family time and it was awesome to see the Walker clan happily co-existing and getting into all sorts of trouble. It was also nice to catch up with the Sniper 1 family and the Club Destiny family.
I truly loved this book and it was such a treat. Because Naughty Holidays Can Be Oh So Nice 2015 was simply a wonderful holiday read that had me smiling enthusiastically and definitely had me seeking out my fan in the middle of winter. Say what? Yes, as I have explained, Nicole Edwards....hot scenes....panting.....um....you get the picture. I should note that I live in Canada and it is COLD here so the fact that I got a little...er...heated... Well, you get the picture. I simply can’t get enough of anything and everything written by this author and am always anxiously awaiting her next book release.
Read this book if you are a fan of Nicole Edwards. I loved it!
****An advance reading copy of Because Naughty Holidays Can Be Oh So Nice 2015 by Nicole Edwards was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
The Deepest Blue is the second book in Christina Lee’s series entitled Roadmap to Your Heart. This first installment to this series somewhat of a spin-off from the book There You Stand where the two protagonist appeared as secondary characters. This book is very loosely tied to the first book in this series and takes place far away from the MC world featured in There You Stand and The Darkest Flame. This author has proven to me that she can write some seriously awesome M/M contemporary romance. In my personal opinion, I think that Ms. Lee once again did a great job penning a low-angst and tender-hearted tale about two young men who find their sizzling connection too hard to ignore.
Callum Montgomery is the eldest of his siblings and fills his busy days helping run his family’s hunting preserve, Shady Pines, in the small town of Roscoe. Taking care of his family’s interests and helping with his youngest brother who is somewhat medically fragile is the most important thing to Callum, even if it means that he is hiding an essential part of who he truly is and because of this he has slowly been pulling away from his family emotionally. When Callum’s sister brings home a “date” for a family wedding, he can’t seem to stand being around the pompous city boy. Or, perhaps it is the fact that Callum finds him sexy as hell and he just can’t go there for so many reasons.
Dean Abbott is finishing up his master’s program in the biology department at NC State. When his roommate and good friend asks him to attend a family wedding with her in the small town she grew up in so that she can ward of her meddling family’s match-making attempts, Dean does not have the heart to deny her request. He is an openly gay man but surely he can pretend to be straight and very into his beautiful roommate. Right? What Dean does not expect is to be seriously attracted to his roommate’s ruggedly sexy and standoffish older brother. What a way to complicate matters!
Callum and Dean may have started off down the rocky path of animosity but it does not take long for both men to give in to their lust-fueled fantasies. Pretty soon the stolen kisses shared between our two protagonists and the sizzling hot passion building between them has Callum wishing for things he knows he can never have, at least not while his family needs him as much as they do. Callum and Dean are from two very different worlds? How can the simple country boy and the city slicker reconcile all that stands between them and reach for a future together? Can the pair ignore the insane attraction they feel for one another and look the other way or is the temptation to take things to a different level too strong to walk away from?
As their profound connection becomes deeper, they both have to learn to be vulnerable and completely open up to one another. There are so many layers that need to be delved into and shed before they can even attempt a lasting relationship. Finding their way may not have been an easy venture for either one of them; however, Callum and Dean discover that what matters in life is often what we have to fight the hardest to obtain. I loved adored this book. Watching two very different men open up and become utterly vulnerable with one another was beyond beautiful. The volatility of their relationship was explosive as both deal with their insecurities and inner turmoil regarding their profound connection. I loved watching their feelings grow for one another. Both men fell hard and needed to come to a conclusion as to whether they could actually make it work.
The sex in this book was hot, raw, sweaty and erotically passionate. When Dean and Callum give in to the escalating tension between them... HOT DAMN! Pair these two together you most definitely get fire-inducing sex that would leave anyone with a pulse panting. You get rough, dirty, and passionately scorching sex! The dirty perv in me loved every minute of it. Lol!
All in all, this author has delivered a sweet love story that also managed to keep me intrigued as I rooted for our two sexy protagonists. As they begin to discover one another and explore what they could share, you could unquestionably feel the palpable and profound bond they shared. The Deepest Blue turned out to be an enjoyable read. I can’t wait for more in this series!
****An advance reading copy of The Deepest Blue by Christina Lee was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
The Fractured Heart is book two in Scarlett Co 3.5 Stars!
“I’m not scared of you, you know!” Drea teased.
“Yeah, well, you scare the shit out of me.”
The Fractured Heart is book two in Scarlett Cole’s Second Circle Tattoos series. While the first two books in the series have dealt with different couples and each subsequent book to follow will also do the same, I do recommend reading this series in sequential order as right from the onset you begin getting to know all the characters that have been and will be featured. I really enjoyed the previous book in this series. It seems this author has quite the knack for writing lovable romances with just the right amount of humour mixed in with some super steamy scenes. This second installment followed suit. I loved watching Drea and Cujo go from an antagonistic type of bond to one where they cement their relationship and stumble their way into a happy forever. Definitely a fun read with many characters that I am coming to love!
We are introduced to Andrea “Drea” Caron and Brody “Cujo” Matthews in the first book as they are the best friends of the couple featured in that story. Right from their initial introduction, our two protagonists simply rub each other the wrong way. Cujo thinks that Drea is a high maintenance pain in the ass while Drea thinks Cujo is a lazy lothario who can’t keep his dick in his pants. When the pair are forced to work together to plan their best friends’ engagement party, sparks fly and they are not only due to the heated arguments these two tend to have.
As they work together to plan out the party and start to spend more and more time with each other, Drea and Cujo discover that the initial perception that they had about the other was way off. However, both Cujo and Drea have a lot to deal with on the familial front, not to mention Drea’s life gets a lot more complicated when she witnesses a crime. With a tentative and fragile relationship emerging between the couple are they destined to fall apart even before they get the chance to get truly started?
I really enjoyed the love story as it unfolded between Drea and Cujo. It was very engaging and organic as we slowly watched Drea and Cujo realize that the connection they shared was based on much more than lust. I also enjoyed how they both got stronger as they begin to shed some of the burdens they were carrying due to their messed up family situations. Where the overall story arc lost me a little bit was with the suspense/mystery aspect. I could have done without it. It felt like the book had way too much going on by adding this along with the romance and the family circumstances.
In The Fractured Heart Scarlett Cole delivers a very entertaining story with a hot romance, humorous dialogue and a great assortment of family, friends and other colorful characters. Despite the fact that there is some suspense to the story which plays out throughout, for me the book was more about Drea and Cujo’s love story as they try and figure what exactly draws them together. It's a great read where the author sets up the potential for further books. I for one am hooked and will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.
****An advance reading copy of The Fractured Heart by Scarlett Cole was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
My Hometown by SJD Peterson is a stand-alone MM contemporary romance. This book also marks my first venture into books by this author and I admit that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this read. This is a heartwarming story about two men who find the courage to finally open up and admit what they mean to one another despite the obstacles that may stand in their way.
Jimmy Brink wanted more in life than to simply settle and take-over his family’s land. He moved to Chicago to pursue medicine. Now with his parents’ retirement officially occurring, Jimmy has decided to return home to help out and finish up his last year of residency at a local hospital. He’s brought his flamboyant boyfriend, Oliver, with him as well not really knowing how the small town will react to his flashy persona. The one thing Jimmy is looking forward to is seeing his best friend who hasn’t really done a great job of keeping in touch with. For as long as he can remember Jimmy has harbored significant feelings, ones that far surpass those of a simple friendship, for his best friend and now that he is back in his hometown there is no way he will ever reveal just how deeply he feels. There is too much at stake.
Eric Halter grew up with Jimmy, but unlike his old friend he has always been content living a rancher’s life. Eric has never held the fact that Jimmy wanted more to life than working the land against his friend; however, he is hurt that Jimmy never kept in touch regularly and let their relationship take a back seat to everything else in his life. When Eric finally does see Jimmy in town for the first time, he can’t help but let the animosity he feels show particularly given the fact that he immediately dislikes Jimmy’s boyfriend. Eric is also conflicted as feelings for his best-friend that are anything but platonic emerge leaving him uncomfortable and confused.
Jimmy is determined to salvage the friendship he has with Eric and as they spend more and more time together, things slowly go back to where they once were. When Jimmy discovers that his good-for-nothing boyfriend is also a cheating rat bastard, he sends him packing without so much as a second glance. But, Oliver is not going to go away quietly and he sets out to prove that to Jimmy. Despite the somewhat annoying antics from Oliver, Jimmy slowly discovers that Eric may feel the same way about him that he does for him. Can he really throw caution to the wind and take a chance on exploring “more” with Eric? Is Eric even ready for something like that?
Once our two protagonists reveal how they truly feel about one another the progression of their relationship is natural and sweet. Eric may be having a hard time coming to terms with these new revelations regarding his sexuality, but he is certain about how he feels about Jimmy. Both men no longer want to waste any more time and want to explore what they share between them. Eric is so inexperienced and I simply loved how supportive Jimmy was. The pair have a few obstacles to overcome and have a bit to work out and their happy forever is not going to come super easy; however, they both know real when they see it and what they share is worth the fight.
I did enjoy this sweet tale despite some minor issues. When I first read the synopsis I was expecting a lot of drama from Oliver, the crazy boyfriend turned ex. I was a little disappointed at how anti-climactic the whole situation turned out to be. Sure, Oliver did pull some stupid stunts wanting back into Jimmy’s life; but, it was nothing crazy like the synopsis eluded to. I did love the slow and organic progression of Jimmy and Eric’s relationship. Nothing was rushed as the two men gave into the pull between them. They both grew up with one another and there was already a strong bond that they shared. Adding the element of attraction made their blooming romantic love all the more tender and powerful.
All in all, My Hometown is a sweet and touching novel that I wholeheartedly recommend.
***An advance reading copy of My Hometown by S.J.D. Peterson was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Magic & Mistletoe is a short and sweet holiday novella by author Annabelle Jacobs. There’s always a little magic in the air when it comes to the Christmas season; and, sometimes it’s that winter magic that pushes you in the right direction.
Harry Thornton may be a young and gorgeous; however, when it comes to chatting it up with men he finds attractive, he’s always putting his foot in his mouth and making these asinine comments never making the best first impression. Chalk it up to nerves and such. While out for a hike in the forest with one of his best friends, Harry has a weird encounter with a strange girl claiming to be a witch. After this encounter, Harry discovers that things have changed for him. He is no longer so awkward, nor does he run his mouth, with his hot neighbour, Andrew Smith, someone who Harry has had a crush on since they first met. Andrew is suddenly into Harry as much as Harry is into him and a sexy holiday romance soon flourishes between the two men. However, when the holidays are over Harry is worried that the magic will wear off and Andrew will go back to seeing him as the blundering fool he once thought he was.
This was a cute novella. There was something just so endearing about both Harry and Andrew that had me rooting for them. Definitely a feel-good read that had me laughing as much as it had me swooning. All in all, this was a great holiday read perfect for when you are in the mood for a quick and cozy read that will put you in the Christmas spirit.
***An advance reading copy of Magic & Mistletoe by Annabelle Jacobs was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
“Love is stronger than death. It’s deep magic. Stronger than anything.”
One Insatiable by Tia Louise is a stand-alone par 4 “My Little Lynx” Stars!
“Love is stronger than death. It’s deep magic. Stronger than anything.”
One Insatiable by Tia Louise is a stand-alone paranormal romance loosely related to the One to Hold series. I really had no idea what to expect going into this novel; however, after reading this author’s other paranormal romance, One Immortal, I knew this would be a goodie. I am a huge fan of Tia Louise and really love her writing style. Essentially, reading this one was a no-brainer for me. I am so glad I did. Ms. Louise certainly delivers! What you get is an edgy and sexy shifter tale that had me completely engrossed from start to finish.
Mercy Quinlan is a younger female lynx shifter who struggles with the familial expectations placed upon her and the fact that her sister rules the family and their clan with an iron-clad fist. Mercy dreams of one day escaping and moving to San Fransisco where she can pursue her own dreams. She is just waiting for the right time to reach for her dreams. Koa “Stitch” Raiden is a lone panther shifter who was once on top of world until one mistake cost him everything. With no clan to call his own any longer, Koa lives day to day traveling from one place to another hoping to make his way to California.
Mercy and Koa meet one night and have a sizzling encounter that leaves them both reeling. Koa cannot resist the sexy little lynx who makes him hope for what seems like the impossible. Mercy should be focusing on pursuing her dreams and making her way to San Fransisco and has no time for distractions; however, she is inexplicably drawn to the gorgeous panther who makes her heart inexplicably soar. Despite the fact that they both should walk away and go their separate ways after their heated one time, both Mercy and Koa find their connection deepening at a rapid pace. Neither one of them was expecting a soul-searing love to develop. When it seems like there is a future for our two protagonists, they discover that being together may not be in the cards for them after all. As Mercy and Koa go up against what is seemingly impossible, can their love overcome the horrific destiny that Mercy is facing?
Tia Louise knows how to write some seriously drool-worthy alpha heroes and Koa was no exception. I loved seeing him go into protector mode when it came to Mercy. All in all, I truly enjoyed reading One Insatiable. This was a deliciously sexy paranormal read.
***An advance reading copy of One Insatiable by Tia Louise was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review....more
“...did you just compare wanting to kiss me to having the stomach flu?”
His laughter filled the car. “I guess I did. Um, sorry?”
I put on a solemn expression. “You make me want to vomit and shit my pants too.”
Pressing a hand to his chest, Charlie shook his head. “That’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever said to me.”
If Only In My Dreams is a new adult sweet holiday tale by Keira Andrews that had me smiling and left me giddy and happily sighing. Sometimes the right person comes along at a time when the circumstances are less than ideal and it can cause you to make mistakes you did not intend to make. When it seems like you’re about to get another shot, will you be brave enough to take a chance, step out of your comfort zone and no longer play it safe? Sometimes it takes a tumultuous storm to rip us from the safe bubble of comfort we have grown accustomed to. It is then up to us to determine whether you seek shelter once again or begin to dance in the snow.
Charlie Yates and Gavin Bloomberg used to be the best of friends. That is, they were friends until a few stolen kisses between them led to some misunderstandings and four years of resentment brewing between the pair. Charlie and Gavin have never forgotten about each other; but, they certainly never expected to come face to face ever again either. When a huge snowstorm leaves Charlie stranded and unable to fly home and make it before Christmas, his desperation to get home on time and fulfill his promise to his little sister has him trying to find other means of transportation to get home. The problem is that every other stranded soul has the same idea. His attempt to rent a vehicle and drive across the country is kiboshed when he discovers that the very lasted rental car has been taken. To make matters worse, the last vehicle has been rented by the very last person on earth that Charlie ever expected to see again, the boy who once broke his heart. Gavin agrees to share the rental with Charlie and off they go on their cross-country expedition to make it home before Christmas.
This author has written a story with two very endearing protagonists. Despite the four years that have passed since they last saw one another, they still feel the profound connection between them that goes beyond lust and attraction. As they embark on their road trip and the tension slowly dissolves between them, can Charlie and Gavin forgive each other and take that second chance that is being dangled before them?
All in all, If Only In My Dreams is a lovely, sugary-sweet, tale that is a perfect holiday read. Just the book to put you in the holiday spirit.
***An advance reading copy of If Only in My Dreams by Keira Andrews was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
How to Walk Like a Man is the second book in Eli Easton’s Howl at the Moon series. This is a unique, sweet and hilarious PNR series that will leave you clutching your heart as well as howling with laughter.
Mad Creek was a safe haven for so many souls – good souls, trusting souls, sometimes lost souls. He should know. He’d been lost himself.
Roman Charsguard is now a full-time Deputy working with the town Sheriff in Mad Creek. However, this was not always the case for our protagonist. At one point in time Roman was deeply entrenched in the military serving overseas in Afghanistan along with his best friend and K-9 handler, James. What I have yet to mention is that Roman was James’ dog. Yes... dog. A highly trained military German Shepherd and one that was also very much loved by his owner. When James is killed in the line of duty Roman somehow develops the ability to shift to human form. It has been two years since James’ died and Roman became a man. He found his way to Mad Creek, a small town that is a safe haven for the quickened (dog shifters). Roman has found a sense of purpose in Mad Creek even though learning to become a man has been no walk in the park.
Matt had been in Mad Creek for only an hour and already it was the strangest place he’d ever been.
Matt Barclay is a young DEA investigator who has been stationed in Mad Creek in an effort to stop the spread of illegal drug farms in remote areas. The residents of the town, particularly the surly Sheriff, have made it clear that his presence is not welcome in their small town. Matt notices that something’s a little “off” with the town and its inhabitants but he can’t quite put his finger on it. Roman is assigned to ensure that Matt does not discover the secret that Mad Creek is harboring when it comes to its people. Spending copious amounts of time with the peculiar and naive Deputy raises Matt’s suspicions about the town even if he can’t help but notice just how gorgeous his companion is.
“This hardly feels like working,” Matt commented.
He had a voice Roman liked. There was a word for it he’d learned in Lily’s class – malofelous? Maloderous?
I have to state that I don’t think I have read a book where I have loved a character more than I loved Roman.
Seriously... I. LOVED. ROMAN.
Everything from his innocence to his pure heart had me smiling from ear to ear. Seriously how could you not fall in love with someone whose very essence is so untainted and trusting? Everything from his need to belong to the discovery of just how awesome a penis truly is was so endearing.
I really enjoyed this sugary tale of love with little angst and moderate steam levels. Both characters were endearing and I could not help but root for their relationship. This story is told in dual POVs. What starts off as a simple friendship between Matt and Roman blossoms into something more. I loved how Roman had no idea how to handle himself in a relatively “normal” relationship as he has no previous experience with things such as going out on dates, holding hands in public and other significant normalcies that come with being in “human” relationship. Matt was closeted so he had to come to terms with the fact that for the first time in his life he met someone who made him want to come out into the open. It was a fine balancing act between both males as they attempted to navigate the bumpy road to a happy forever. Matt and Roman both had a lot to learn but the more entwined they became with one another, the more the risk of falling in love seemed worth it.
Some of my favorite parts in this book were the conversations had between Roman and the gruff and intense Sheriff, Lance (featured in book one in the series).
"I think I need a doctor."
"What's the matter?"
"My... my penis is all swollen up and hard. Could it be a spider bite or... or..." Roman swallowed, pressing down the panic. "I don't know. Cancer?" He knew cancer killed a lot of humans and involved lumps and tumors.
There was silence from the other end of the line. A long silence. "Lance?"
"Yeah, uh, Roman...." Lance sounded strained.
Roman didn't understand why Lance didn't like to talk about sex. It was such a pleasant thing to do, and seemed like you'd want to talk about pleasant things. "But Tim is full human, so he won't understand my question. I wouldn't ask you if it wasn't important."
There was silence from the other end of the line, then a sigh. "Okay, Roman. Go ahead."
"When you and Tim have sex, are you the one who mounts him?"
There was an odd sound from the other end. Roman realized it was the grinding of teeth. "Usually. Yes." Lance sighed. "Someone can, er, take the bottom position in, um, sex, but not necessarily anywhere else. It doesn't mean you're the boss. You can even, um, switch around. It's just about what you feel like doing at the time."
That surprised Roman. "You can switch? Do you switch around? Does Tim sometimes mount you?"
"Hey, look at that! It's a pen. On my desk. For writing work things down. And numbers. I should really get back to work and write things down." Lance's voice was stretched tight enough to snap."
All in all, this light-hearted romance that was a lot of fun to read and I am definitely looking forward to more books in this series. How to Walk Like a Man is a quirky, engaging and well-written story. Definitely worth the read for lovers of M/M romance.
***An advance reading copy of How to Walk Like a Man by Eli Easton was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn is a sweet holiday M/M romance guaranteed to put anyone in the Christmas spirit. This book is a heart-warming gem about a bed and breakfast owner who has put love on the back-burner and a matchmaking ghost.
Nathaniel O’Donnelly took over his uncle’s B & B upon his death twelve years ago. Since then he has turned the dilapidated business into a success. Nate may not have anyone to share his life and work with; however, he is happy living a quiet life and running a business that he loves. If only he could figure out how to deal with Gabriel Wickfield, a ghost who has been successfully haunting his B & B even before Nate took over. Gabriel makes it a point to ensure that Nate does not forget that he exists as he tries assist Nate in matters of the heart. Gabriel wants to see Nate fall in love even the path is a little too straight for Nate’s liking.
I won’t go into any further details when it comes to the overall story arc as it would simply give too much away. I will say that what you get is two very endearing protagonists and a sweet, fun and light-hearted love story that will leave you happily sighing. Definitely a book to read curled up by a fire with a hot cocoa or a nice glass of wine.
I really enjoyed reading The Winter Spirit. What you get is a sweet, fun and light-hearted love story that will leave you happily sighing and clutching your heart. My only complaint is that I wanted more. LOL! I guess that’s just me being selfish! ;)
***An advance reading copy of The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Divergent Bloodline is the latest book by author T.J. Shaw. I became a fan of this author when I first read her debut novel, Caller of Light 4.5 Stars!
Divergent Bloodline is the latest book by author T.J. Shaw. I became a fan of this author when I first read her debut novel, Caller of Light, a whimsical fantasy romance that transported me to a magical land with fiery creatures and mythical legends. I had no idea what to expect when I discovered Ms. Shaw was going to try her hand at paranormal romance. Well, I can happily state that this book did not disappoint. This author has created a unique paranormal world and right from the initial page of this book I found myself immersed in the suspense-filled tale she was weaving.
I am purposely not going to say much about the overall story arc as I feel I could not do this book justice without revealing crucial elements that make this book so wonderful to read. I am a believer of diving into suspense books completely blind. What made this such an enjoyable reading experience is the fact that we get thrown a few twists and turns all building up to an intense climax that had my heart racing. Now, why would I want to ruin it for you and not allow you to experience the same exhilarating rush? Right? I will say that you get one sexilicious vampire king, Julian DeMatteo, who has been charged with maintaining order amongst all the Western Clan bloodlines including his own bloodline, the DeLuca Clan. He is responsible for enforcing the Code created by the Original One that all vampires must adhere to. To the human world he is the powerful owner of DeMatteo Enterprises and has some “assumed” ties to the mob, ties that land him in the suspect seat when one of his employees is found murdered.
Enter Viviane Taylor, a lead homicide detective with the Wilshire PD. She is a seasoned detective and her life revolves around her job leaving little to no time for friends or even romance. She is in charge, along with her partner, of the murder investigation and her first point of reference is questioning Julian, the enigmatic man with philanthropic ties as well as some questionable ones. What Viviane does not expect is to feel a connection towards the prime suspect, with a dormant part of her awakening in his presence.
This book is ultimately a love story interwoven into a wonderfully written paranormal world. Right from the start I fell in love with Julian, a self-assured individual who knows he must stay away from the first human woman that reminds him of his humanity. He fell for the fair maiden and he fell hard; however, he certainly did not lose his edge when his heart became involved. I loved that! I adored his protective nature when it came to Viviane. It was a rough and bumpy road as our two protagonists came to grips with their feelings and their profound connection. And, as their relationship flourishes and their feelings for one another become more profound, Julian and Viviane must navigate through some very difficult and dangerous situations where Julian is willing to protect Viviane at all costs. When truths and discoveries come to light, will the powerful connection and love that they both share be enough to carry them through and grasp their destiny?
All in all, Divergent Bloodline is wonderfully fascinating book that I am hoping this author will branch out from and create a series. The world-building and writing is strong and we are provided with a visually enchanting story and a storyline filled with mystery and danger along with a beautiful romance. I am looking forward to more from this author. If you are a lover of the paranormal genre, I highly recommend this one.
****An advance reading copy of Divergent Bloodline by T.J. Shaw was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review....more
Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader is a novella in her Hot in Chicago series which was originally published in the Baby, It’s Cold Outside antho 4 Stars
Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader is a novella in her Hot in Chicago series which was originally published in the Baby, It’s Cold Outside anthology. If you have yet to check out this series it is a definite must read in my humble opinion. What Ms. Meader has penned is a fun, scorching hot and endearing story about two very different protagonists who can’t seem to stay away from one another once they reconnect and who also discover that they may not be so different after all. And, yes, you can read this as a stand-alone.
In this novella the focus is on Beck Rivera, an ex-gang banger who was adopted into the Dempsey clan. Like the rest of his foster-siblings, Beck is a proud firefighter who works for the Chicago Fire Department. Beck finds himself with a lot of time on his hands when a risky decision causes him to get injured and also leaves him in hot water with his superiors at work. Not having much to do, Beck puts in more time at his family’s bar. This is where he comes face to face with the one woman who left an imprint on his heart as a teen, someone he felt deserved better so he set her free shattering her heart in the process.
Darcy Cochrane is back in Chicago to deal with her ailing grandmother. It feels like forever since she has been back home and she certainly is not the same person as she was when she first left. Darcy no longer lives her life trying to please her rich family. She’s pursued her dreams and is a successful and sought-after tattoo artist. The last thing Darcy expects is to see the boy who once broke her heart when she visits a local bar with a friend. Although, he’s not a young boy any longer. He’s a hulking mammoth of a man who looks at her like he wants to eat her alive.
Despite the years that have passed and the fact that Darcy is still holding onto the hurt that Beck caused her, the pair can’t stay away from one another. Darcy is unable to resist the sexy fire-fighter but this time she is determined to keep her heart out of it. Too bad Beck has decided that he wants to keep her. He let her go once and that is something he must live with. It is also a mistake that Beck is not going to make again. Can he convince Darcy that he is in it for the long haul?
All in all, Rekindle the Flame is yet another sizzling addition to what is shaping up to be a fantastic series. I love a good second-chance romance that leaves my heart pitter-pattering and has me happily sighing. This one sure hit the mark. It is not an overly long read, relatively angst-free and with enough romance and steam to satisfy any die-hard romantic. Recommended read!
***An advance reading copy of Rekindle the Flame by Kate Meader was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for honest review....more
Champagne Kisses is a sexy and sweet holiday novella by author Lynda Aicher. There’s always a little magic and wonder in the air when it comes to the Christmas season; and, sometimes it’s that winter magic that has two very opposite men finding love.
Evan Cleary struggled for twelve years working for other event planners after his parents threw him out for being gay. Finally, he has his own business and is on the brink of success. If only the Christmas Eve wedding he planned in four short weeks was not crumbling into discarded shambles right in front of his eyes! With one cheating groom out for the count and the other groom hightailing it out of there with a colorful flare, Evan is screwed and has no idea how to salvage the mess he is in.
Enter Richard Patterson, the older brother of one of the flashy grooms. It is no surprise that the wedding between his brother and his fiancé has come to a crashing halt considering the fact that the two men barely knew one another. Richard is used to cleaning up after his flamboyant brother and taking care of his mother. After all, he is the conservative and responsible one. Now he finds himself helping the event planner turn the party into a Christmas Eve bash. Richard has always been attracted to men more like himself, ones that are low key and not so apt to flaunt the fact they are gay. However, he can’t deny his attraction for Evan who is not only gorgeous but also somewhat effeminate in his mannerisms. Can Richard stay away and keep his relationship with Evan strictly professional or will both men give into the simmering heat that is sizzling between them?
This was a cute novella and it had a copious amount of sexy times. Oh yeah! There was something just so endearing about both Evan and Richard that had me rooting for them. Richard may have been an ass-wipe to begin with in an effort to keep Evan at bay; but, he simply could not help himself when it came to Evan. Both men certainly have some issues and insecurities to work out before taking it any further than hot sex. But, don’t worry this is a short novella and has very little angst. You get a lovely happy forever all presented to you with a pretty bow.
Definitely a feel-good read that you can quickly devour. All in all, Champagne Kisses was a great holiday read perfect for when you are in the mood for a quick and cozy read that will put you in the Christmas spirit.
***An advance reading copy of Champagne Kisses by Lynda Aicher was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
For Want of a Christmas Miracle is a very short and sweet holiday novella by author Olley White. It is also the first book in her Holiday Hope 3 Stars!
For Want of a Christmas Miracle is a very short and sweet holiday novella by author Olley White. It is also the first book in her Holiday Hopes series. This is one of those books that you pick up when you want a sugary tale of love destined to put you in a happy and sappy frame of mind. Just the kind of book you want to devour in one sitting while drinking your favorite holiday drink.
After losing his job as a gardener, Rhys takes on a temporary position at a locally owned nursery. Rhys would much rather be working outdoors getting his hands dirty, but at least this new job will bring in some much needed cash. Toby is the owner of the garden centre and he’s working hard to turn the business around after taking it over from his father. The last thing both men expect is to be attracted to each other. When Rhys steps up and helps out Toby in his time of need, there is no stopping the sparks from flying, a sexy holiday romance soon flourishes between the two men.
This was a cute novella. There was something just so endearing about both Rhys and Toby that had me rooting for them. Definitely a feel-good read. All in all, this was a great holiday read perfect for when you are in the mood for a quick and cozy book that will put you in the Christmas spirit.
***An advance reading copy of For Want of a Christmas Miracle by Olley White was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Midwinter Night’s Dream is the second book in Eli Easton’s Unwrapping Hank series. While you can certainly read this book as a stand-alone M/M romance, fans of this author and series will be excited about this one as we get to see Micah, who we meet in book one of this series, get swept up into the confusing and emotion-filled world of passion and love.
It is no secret that I have become a fan of this author with her fun and heart-warming books that leave you clenching your heart, laughing out loud, and happily sighing. This holiday story was no exception. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between our two protagonists who let one super-charged kiss jump-start something that takes them both out of their comfort zone.
Micah Springfield is a pretty relaxed guy, not allowing most things to get under his skin. However, when a game of “spin-the-bottle” at a college party leads to a scorching hot kiss with another guy; Micah can’t seem to let go of the incident that has somehow imprinted itself on his brain nor can he get the other guy out of his head. Admittedly, Micah has had some bi-curious thoughts in the past but he never imagined that he would act on them. He also never expected to be the one doing the chasing, a first for the laid-back frat boy.
Leo Dayson is a theatre major who is known for his passion for the arts and also for his involvement in all things that have to do with gay activism. He is definitely out and proud on campus. When he locks lips with Micah at the party, Leo is taken aback at how intense the kiss turns out to be. However, Leo has no interest in dating a straight guy no matter how much he makes his heart sing. Done that, bought the t-shirt. Plus, Leo needs to focus on his senior project directing Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream which is fast approaching. Nope…no time for a sexy frat boy with dreads...no time at all!
I loved how different both guys were. Despite their obvious dissimilarities, they just seemed to click when they let their guards down. Micah is this lovable and vibrant character who you can’t help but fall in love with. His easy-going nature was hard not to like and I loved the fact that it took Leo, someone Micah did not expect, to be the one to rock him and set him completely off-kilter. Leo definitely wanted to play it safe when it came to Micah as his past experiences left him approaching matters of the heart more on the cautious side. He had no idea just how much he needed someone like Micah in his life, not until the sexy frat-boy sauntered into his atmosphere.
This was a tender, sweet and sexy tale as we watch the two college guys go from one defining and heat-charged moment to something more. Something neither one of them expected when they ventured down the road of harmless flirtation and lust.
All in all, Midwinter Night’s Dream was a wonderful, sugary-sweet, tale that is a perfect holiday read. Just the book to put you in the holiday spirit. This is definitely a series (and an author) to check out for lovers of the M/M genre.
***An advance reading copy of Midwinter Night's Dream by Eli Easton was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
“We all need a hero...let the Saints of Denver begin..."
Leveled is essentially the start of Jay Crownover’s new series entitled Saints of Denver. I am a hardcore fan this author’s Marked Men series and was so excited to discover that we’d be getting whole new series loosely tied to it. All the Marked boys wove their way into my heart and I love their “merry band of misfits” wholeheartedly so I am ecstatic to get more from Ms. Crownover. This novella is the first M/M venture by this author and while it can certainly be read as a stand-alone romance I think that this book was written for fans of the Marked Men series, those that are looking forward to the new series. Ms. Crownover has written this novella as a bridge between the old and new, the Marked Men series and the Saints of Denver series.
“Lando and Dom are the perfect mix of old and new, the perfect combo of then and now.”
The timeframe of this novella and the remainder of the books in the Saints of Denver series will take place in the space of time between the end of Asa and the Epilogue found in the same book (the last book in the Marked Men series). If you have yet to experience a Jay Crownover book, this would be a great introduction to her writing world.
Flattened and collapsed.
Breathless and stunned.”
Orlando Frederick (aka. Lando) is someone who readers of the Marked Men know about. We know that he was the “secret” boyfriend of Remy Archer (Rule’s brother) and that most of Remy’s family and friends had no idea that he existed or that Remy was even gay until it was too late. Time has moved forward since Remy was in Lando’s life and he’s taken on a successful career as a physical therapist where he has made it his mission to help everyone from those suffering from sports injuries to wounded war veterans and other survivors. Despite his success and fulfilling career, the loss of Remy has marked Lando irrevocably. So, when a gruff sexy police officer becomes his client, Lando has no idea what to do about the instantaneous attraction and connection the he feels. He’s not sure if he could ever venture down the path of love and lust with yet another stubborn man. After all, he hasn’t even recovered from the first time.
Dominic Voss is police officer with the Denver Police Department and he’s also the best friend of Royal Hastings (the heroine from Asa, the last book in the Marked Men series). Dom is all about his job so when he is severely injured in the line of duty all he can focus on is getting his body back to peak physical condition so he can get back to work. Royal pulls some strings and manages to get Dom in to see Lando, who has a wait list a mile long. For the first time since his injury, Dom is optimistic that he’ll actually be able to mend his body with Lando’s help and no-holds-barred approach. What Dom does not expect is to want more with the gorgeous physical therapist. Will both men take the plunge and cross professional boundaries?
This author definitely delivered when it came to the execution of this book. The storyline is both sad and sweet, dealing with coming to grips with the past and beautifully intertwining it with a tender romance. It’s about letting go and embracing life because if you are able to grab hold of that second chance, you may just find a once in a lifetime kind of love....a love that may have always been there to begin with. Neither Lando nor Dom were expecting their reaction to one another which was so absolutely visceral and primitive. It was, however, something that could not be ignored. Lando set out to be an integral part in healing Dom so that he could get back to his work as a police officer but it turned out the Dom played an integral role in his healing as well. Both had wounds that needed attention. The overall story arc turned out to be nothing like I expected and true to her wonderful and unique writing style, this author throws in a few angsty and emotional moments effortlessly threading together a beautiful story about taking a chance once again and finally being able to fully open your heart and love unconditionally.
All and all, I think that Jay Crownover accomplished what she set out to do with Leveled. This was a wonderful start to the Saints of Denver series and it was also a novella that served as closure when it came to Remy’s story which was a loose thread from the Marked Men series. I loved getting more time with the Marked boys in this novella and I can’t wait for Sayer and Zeb’s story in Built, which will be the first full-length novel in the series.
***An advance reading copy of Leveled by Jay Crownover was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.