The last thing on Damian Archer’s mind is a relationship. He’s focused on running the family business and keeping up appearances. He’s fine wSynopsis:
The last thing on Damian Archer’s mind is a relationship. He’s focused on running the family business and keeping up appearances. He’s fine with the way things are, until the tattooed help at a friend’s party takes one look at him and calls him on his bull. Fired from a brand new job, Fin Thornton is homeless and penniless. He knows men like Damian. He abhors men like Damian. Despite the wealthy man coming to his aid when he desperately needs it, Fin is hesitant to lower his guard. Yet Damian insists on being in Fin’s face, demanding things and offering help. In spite of their differences, something keeps them wanting each other. The same connection that has Damian desperate to stake a claim on the skittish Fin. But it will take a ghost from Fin’s tragic past to show both men that what they have is worth more than money.
I enjoyed reading this, but that is per the usual with Avril's books. Like Mika says, Avril sure knows how to write a sex scene. I never get tired of reading those.
I really adored Fin and his prickly personality. I loved that he couldn't stay away from Damian even though he clearly thought he should. I liked that Damian wanted so badly to take care of Fin, but eventually realizes that he couldn't smother him with it. Apparently, accepting help from rich men makes Fin feel smothered. I can figure out why pretty well, but sometimes, I felt like he was over-reacting. It took a while for me to realize that Sullivan wasn't Fin's ex-lover considering how Fin reacts to him. It isn't until the very end that I understood the why of it. I probably wouldn't have felt very comfortable around Sullivan in that situation, either, but I'm still not quite clear as to how Sullivan's money had anything to do with that.
There are a few more things that I would have liked to see develop between Fin and Damian a little bit more. They move pretty fast. I would definitely like a follow up and want to see Fin meet Damian's parents. It seems we're moving on to Sullivan's story, though. I am interested in that, so I will definitely check it out once it's released. Sullivan sounds like he's gonna be damn hot to read about....more
Zach Hardaway is one of the best physiotherapists in Europe. Tristan DuVal is a young soccer star with a groin injury. They despise each otherSynopsis:
Zach Hardaway is one of the best physiotherapists in Europe. Tristan DuVal is a young soccer star with a groin injury. They despise each other from the moment they meet. As far as Zach is concerned, Tristan is a rich, spoiled brat who is too used to getting his own way. As far as Tristan is concerned, Zach is a bossy, presumptuous prick. Tristan hates Zach. He does. The problem is, he also wants to shove Zach against the nearest wall and climb him like a tree.
Warning: explicit MM content, minor D/s undertones.
I'll start by saying I've never read any books in this series other than the prequel and I read that through Kindle Unlimited some months ago. I've seen the books all over the place since then, but I never really felt the need to read them. I only ended up deciding to try this one because my GR friends seem to really enjoy this series and I liked the blurb. I thought about trying the third one, but a few reviews put me off of that one. Meeting Gabe and Jared in this book didn't really inspire me to read their story, either, so I'm fine with just seeing them here.
What I really liked about this one is, despite Tristan being as big of a dick as he can be, all he really wanted was someone to love him, want him and keep him. It didn't keep him from being a dick, though. I got why he was that way. It's weird that I liked Tristan in this, but hated Brett in Murder in Pastel because they aren't that different. They both know how to use words to wound someone deeply and are extremely prickly. I just think maybe it was that Brett went too far. Maybe because his childhood was more damaging than Tristan's was, but trauma is trauma and both of them are dicks. Yet, I rather liked Tristan.
I really liked Zach, too. Things were going just fine for him at first, but then he just had to have Tristan all the time. I do wish he had manned up about it sooner, though. I was glad when we finally got his POV in this. I thought the whole book would be Tristan, though that wouldn't have been so bad.
The sex was hot and was even sweet at times. Neither Tristan or Zach understood why they were behaving that way. Once they did, they fought like hell against feeling it. Both of them had good reasons for it, but I wish they had come to their senses a bit sooner. The book was almost over and I was wondering how in the hell they would actually end up together. I'm not sure how I feel about what goes down with Tristan's career. That made everything a bit too easy. He's still really young, so wtf is he gonna do with the rest of his life? Surely he's not just gonna be Zach's kept man?
I'm not sure how I feel about the connection between Ryan and James and the connection to Tristan. Seems awful convenient. Their book is next. I can't decide if I want to read it. Though I suppose maybe Tristan will let out who he is to James or maybe James will find out for himself.
Overall, I'm pretty happy that I decided to read this. It kept me interested all the way through....more
After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’sSynopsis:
After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’s determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done—that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner…
Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given. But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.
Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that's determined to trip them up at every turn.
This is another one of those ones that I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed it. So far, I've only read one other book of Riley's and that was her debut Collide. I haven't read any of the others because many of my GR friends have either raved about them or hated them and the rest they just didn't seem to like at all, so I've been staying away. I'd planned to stay away from this one, too, but I was desperate to find a book that I could finish because I've been DNF'ing left and right these days. I just can't seem to keep my focus and most of the books I've thought I was going to seriously enjoy have let me down. I did start and stop this one a few times because I was reading something else at the same time, but in the end, I finished it, so that's makes it good in my book.
I really liked Bryce. He was fun and he really drew Nick out of his shell. Nick seemed to be more like himself when he was around Bryce. Bryce of course, wasn't perfect. I wanted to slap upside his head more than once over that whole mess with lying to his parents about his relationship with Christy. That was just ridiculous. Nick was a sweet kind of guy, but he could get aggressive when he wanted to. I kind of wanted to slap him upside his head a bit, too. No two grown ass men should be that afraid of their parents. I understand being worried/afraid about your family accepting you as being in a relationship with a man, but the other stuff was stupid. Nick's mom also needed some slapping up against her head, too. Even if she did eventually make an effort, I still wanted to punt her at least once.
Over all, this was a nice read. I didn't get completely lost in it and sometimes the dirty talk seemed like it was trying too hard, but Bryce and Nick fit. There was some angst (which made sense), though I did want them to shut up about it sometimes. At least they didn't dither around too long. That would have made me real frustrated....more
Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his aSynopsis:
Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his avian maturity, he still can’t be sure of his exact species.
But with species comes rank, and rank is everything to the avians. When a partial shift allows the elders to announce that they believe Ori to be a rather ugly little duckling, he drops straight to the bottom rung of their hierarchy.
Life isn’t easy for Ori until he comes to the attention of a high ranking hawk shifter. Then the only question is, is Ori really a duck—and what will his new master think when the truth eventually comes out?
I actually enjoyed this one more than I was expecting to. I originally avoided it because I had no desire to want to read about bird shifters. The main reason I ended up deciding to go with it is because I like Kim's BDSM stories quite a bit and because I've been on a bit of a shapeshifter kick lately.
It was really good to see Ori flourish through his submission. I really enjoyed the interactions between Ori and Raynard. The sex was hot as is the usual with a Kim Dare book.
My major issue was that outside of their roles as master and submissive, Ori and Raynard didn't have much more going on personality wise, especially Ori. I didn't feel as there was much more to Ori other than wanting to please Raynard or panicking when he didn't have Raynard around to give him orders. His interactions with others didn't really bring out anything else in him, either. Raynard at least really interacted with a few other characters.
I was also a bit miffed about the whole separation that Raynard started when Ori's true nature was revealed after his first full shift. He ended up hurting both of them for no reason. I understand why he felt it was necessary to do it, but I mostly just wanted to smack him upside the head. At least Mr. Hamilton finally stepped up and did something that didn't make me despise him for once.
All in all, this book held my attention where so many haven't been doing that lately. For that, I'm glad that I decided to give it a shot after all....more
Dear Author, I somehow inherited the care of a brat who either wants me or hates me— it’s hard to tell which. The first is unacceptable, anDescription:
Dear Author, I somehow inherited the care of a brat who either wants me or hates me— it’s hard to tell which. The first is unacceptable, and inappropriate, given our age difference and my status as his guardian (and maybe our genders, depending whether Author chooses “real” historical or an AU in which same sex relationships are accepted); the second I’d gladly deal with until he comes of age and we’re both free. Sending him away to school helped, except for holidays, which he’d come home for, whether I sent for him or not. He’s done with school now, though, and making life difficult for everyone. He’s becoming a hellion. I need to figure out what’s causing him to act out and rein him in, but I’m not sure I can without making things worse. He has me so in knots I don’t know if I want to kiss him, spank him, kiss him and spank him, or send him as far away as possible to save us both. Can you settle things out before we destroy each other?
Photo Description: A stable. Two men in— but mostly out of— Regency-period clothing are grappling on the straw-covered floor, kissing. The younger man, one leg hooked around the older man, is naked except for his shirt. The older man is mostly clothed, although his breeches are pushed down around his thighs. The older man is on top, and he is definitely in charge of the situation.
This was a quick read, but pretty hot once this got started. Simon was so sure he hated Oliver and Oliver seemed to think pretty low of Simon. Seems the two of them were just misunderstand their feelings the whole time. =D
I wouldn't mind reading a longer story about these two. I really want to see how things work out for them....more