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
Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quietSynopsis:
Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover—difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn’s life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it’s chaos at first sight. Quinn’s in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he’s just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground—and maybe more.
This was a cute, short read. I appreciated that Spencer and Quinn don't just fall into bed together. They spend time getting to know each other and fall for each other over time. Spencer was already attracted to Quinn, but he didn't think he had a chance in hell of anything happening between them. For Quinn's part, he hadn't even really noticed Spencer at first aside from knowing he was a non-threatening neighbor. He comes to appreciate Spencer's geekiness, lovely smile and cooking, though.
I really enjoyed the scene where Spencer accidentally meets Quinn's family. He was accepted right away. I really liked Quinn's mom.
Quinn's teammate Javier I just wanted to punch in the face, though. Seriously, what a jerk. Plus, I swear that dude is in the closet some kind of deep.
I was happy that Quinn went after Spencer after that whole fiasco. I just kind of wish the book hadn't ended quite where it did, unless there's going to be a sequel. I wouldn't mind a series of shorts featuring these two. However, if this is all Charlie is writing about Spencer and Quinn, I wish there had been at least an epilogue. I would love to see how things work out between them in the long run. Can Spencer handle Quinn's job? Will Quinn continue to appreciate Spencer even after he's all healed up and back to work? Those things would be nice to know.
I read this one straight through, so it definitely hit the spot for me. Every once in a while, I just like to read something sweet and light and this definitely fills that slot....more