If you haven't already, be sure to check out my review on Book #1, Designs of Desire. This review is for the second booAnother hook, line, and sinker.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out my review on Book #1, Designs of Desire. This review is for the second book in the series. While it stands alone, Chase and Rhys, the MCs in this book, are also introduced in the first. Plus, I always prefer to start at the beginning. Pick them both up if you haven't already read the first for the full treatment.
Luckily there isn't a huge risk of spoilers since the series runs more like a saga; even then, I don't do spoilers. These are my favorite types of reads because you get fresh relationships, while still seeing favorites in the background of the story. I just can't get enough of them.
The writing style remains fresh and unique throughout the story. I felt this story read smoothly from start to finish with one tiny hiccup where Reece was spelled in dialogue but Chase corrects him. I always thought Reece and Rhys sounded the same, but they were only spelled differently. Unless it was to alert the reader to it sounding different, but it was lost on me. Not a big deal either way, but I actually want to figure it out.
With Chase and Rhys there was this tension, and I love tension. It was thick, heart-pounding at times. When a book can physically move me to where I feel what the characters feel, it blows me out of the water. My heart's still pounding. I'm looking forward to finishing the series, as it seems the books just keep getting better and better.
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I've only recently begun reading M/M romance, so I'm not an expert on the genre. However, I've been an avid romance fan for over ten years. For me asI've only recently begun reading M/M romance, so I'm not an expert on the genre. However, I've been an avid romance fan for over ten years. For me as a reader all I want are developed characters, a strong plot, and a believable conflict to drive the story. I found all three within Designs of Desire.
The cover has an artistic flair, but I do find it doesn't really represent the light BDSM, hence why I'm mentioning it here. It isn't your run of the mill BDSM either, and it was different but in a good way.
The MC suffers from EDS, which is a rare condition that is also hereditary. I have two family members who suffer from it. Although everyone suffers different levels of pain, it's a very real condition that can lead to mental issues too. This is the part I loved, showing a disability and its side effects throughout the story. I do wish the disability was more forthcoming in the blurb, but that's a personal preference.
At times the dialogue is a bit stuffy, but I did like the use of nicknames. It helped me keep track of who was speaking at all times so that I was never lost. The story itself does raise questions, especially for those unfamiliar with BDSM or used to heavier kink. But, as in most cases of erotica, the story doesn't work without it.
Over all I do recommend the story because we all read a book differently, and I will/have read more from the author....more
The Price takes the reader down a road of second chances, but as the title states, there is a price both men must be willing to pay. One is life changThe Price takes the reader down a road of second chances, but as the title states, there is a price both men must be willing to pay. One is life changing, while the other is acceptance. I'll admit, I didn't want the story to end. Captivated on page one, I kept turning as the plot and characters unfolded, and while it does indeed end, I wanted more.
That hasn't happened to me in a long time with a stand alone story, and I do take it as a good sign. I want more stories of second chances and high stakes. However, a little more action would've been nice, and I don't mean the sexual kind. Although, the heat and chemistry was amazing between the main characters.
The writing style is still easy to consume, which means I can devour stories in a single day. What I really enjoyed was the peek into the escort industry. It's like a dirty little secret and adds a taboo flavor to contrast against the straight laced teacher. So you have this collision of two separate worlds, too.
As always, I'm looking forward to more. A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion....more
This is the second book I've read by Andrew Grey, and I do believe he's made a fan for life. I love how I can disappear into the character's lives an This is the second book I've read by Andrew Grey, and I do believe he's made a fan for life. I love how I can disappear into the character's lives and bask in their struggles, romance, and peek into a side of life that I honestly have no clue about.
(#straightgirlproblemsbutloveislove)Curiosity introduced me to M/M romance and I've been hooked ever since.
Harry and Tristan made an interesting couple, but even though I haven't read the previous stories (you don't have to but you'll want to)I found myself pulled into this little tight knit group. They way they all came together really touched my heart. Romance aside, I envy their friendship and for that stellar group, I give the book five stars. For strong romance to blossom it truly needs a solid foundation, and these guys have it.
I'm finding it easier to lose myself in these romances with each one I read....more
One part of Andrew Grey's stories I have come to love is the romantic build and secondary plots seem to fit seamlessly together. You can't remove oneOne part of Andrew Grey's stories I have come to love is the romantic build and secondary plots seem to fit seamlessly together. You can't remove one from the other and still have a compelling, heart-filled story, and it's a mark often missed. He also has this uncanny ability to create wounded characters that still have a sense of realism. They aren't impossible or out of reach (and when they are he still manages to humanize them).
Eastern Cowboy blends spicy romance with, well, a western contemporary setting. It's not your run of mill, of here's a farm and some romance, it's perfectly set to show the trials they'll face and the obstacles they'll have to overcome to not only succeed on the ranch, but in their romance, too. Tension, a bit of mayhem, and sexual attraction are just the beginning to this duo.
Andrew Grey is a seasoned writer and one I've personally grown to love as I continue to read through his back list. If you love M/M romance be sure to give him a chance.
*I received a free copy in exchange for my opinion....more
4.5 Stars An intriguing start to a trilogy. Mind reading—the simple thought if this power has always intrigued me. Government conspiracy—oh, yeah. Tha4.5 Stars An intriguing start to a trilogy. Mind reading—the simple thought if this power has always intrigued me. Government conspiracy—oh, yeah. That said, I was hooked from the blurb.
The downside is the musical stuff really went over my head, but it didn't hurt the plot, just the pacing for me. I had to look up the terms to understand better. Keep in mind that, aside from reading tabs, I only have a deep appreciation and love for the finished product. But I did like the idea of music therapy. Actually the concept was new to me.
I'll also note that this is the first in a trilogy, so of course there will be a bit of a cliff hanger. Still, you can enjoy this start to finish but keep in mind that the larger picture spans over more than one book. I, for one, am looking forward to more of Mac.
*I received an arc in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more
Darkly beautiful. These have become favorites of mine. They blend lines and push you to think. Multiple personalities pan out in this twisted story whDarkly beautiful. These have become favorites of mine. They blend lines and push you to think. Multiple personalities pan out in this twisted story where the battle is both internal and external. You love it. You hate it. Then you remember throughout the story that they are one person.
Bonnie Paulson takes us where no one typically goes and even fewer understand. The psyche can be a wonderful but nightmarish place to visit let alone live, but she paints each scene well and hits her mark in an entertaining and thrilling way. Gripping, spine-chilling, and thought-provoking are all words that enter my mind, but truly it is a story that will not leave you once you close the book.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest opinion....more
From both a spiritual aspect, I found it immensely intriguing. The idea of reliving those precious moments and the ones that caused us pain to learn tFrom both a spiritual aspect, I found it immensely intriguing. The idea of reliving those precious moments and the ones that caused us pain to learn the lessons we failed to grasp is beyond profound. Reliving the life Jo took me to another place and time, but the same lessons she learned touched me.
Part memoir and part humor, Jo and her soul take us on a vivid ride of innocence, friendship, love, loss, and heartache. It's a lot of emotions to cram into such a little space, but Author Kathi Haacke Morehead manages to do so flawlessly. whether you enjoy women's fiction, memoir, or are just looking for something different, you'll enjoy this tender read that touches both the heart and soul. It was quite inspirational, but humorous enough. I really loved the banter between Jo and her Soul, and at times, it reminded me of how we fight our inner child.
*I received a copy in exchange for my honest opinion....more
Magic, wizards, secrets, and evil organizations combine to fuel the start of the Wizards of Seattle series.
I'm not the biggest fan of serials, and I dMagic, wizards, secrets, and evil organizations combine to fuel the start of the Wizards of Seattle series.
I'm not the biggest fan of serials, and I do usually wait until all the books are completed. I'm just impatient, but the blurb drew me in as I love books that feature magic, curses, and the mundane rising. Jason, the MC, is mundane but not in a boring human sense; he's a wizard without a job, who finds himself the target of a deadly curse.
I enjoyed this opening as it revealed the world for those of us who haven't read John O'Riley's other books, but those who have will still enjoy. It's a great book for lovers of urban fantasy and paranormal genres. I look forward to reading the rest....more
An adorable story that combines the innocence of childhood magic with real life challenges. Éclair is the main character of this series, and she's a An adorable story that combines the innocence of childhood magic with real life challenges. Éclair is the main character of this series, and she's a curious girl, who loves her family but is staying with her grandmother, on her farm for the summer, while her mother is getting better and her father searches for a job. It's during this adjustment to life that she meets Gypsy, a magical horse, and a new friend.
The innocence of the story—dealing with temporary separation from her family—is a real life issue for children. But Éclair Meets Gypsy shows children that adventure and fun doesn't have to stop, while reinforcing the simple childhood curiosities most of us adults can recall having.
The writing style is perfect for young readers and the story engages readers of all ages. It's perfect for young girls entering into chapter books. The words are easy, and the presentation aligns with a younger audience (short chapters and paragraphs), but it still challenges the mind by igniting the imagination.
Overall I found it a satisfying read. Some bits were humorous where I'm not sure if they were intended as such, but I'll admit that I'm used to a moreOverall I found it a satisfying read. Some bits were humorous where I'm not sure if they were intended as such, but I'll admit that I'm used to a more heated romance with my M/M reads. This was sweet and cheesy at times, especially in the bedroom, but that is a personal taste. "Take me to the moon," is still one that cracks me up but in a warm and fuzzy way. It was cute and a nice change.
A modern Beauty and the Beast type retelling, which I hadn't expected. I was drawn in to Red, our beast. I loved his character, and felt that he was done well. Terry, eh, I didn't dislike him, but some of the stuff he suggested made me feel like he was a little controlling, which is expected after learning about his past. Still, I believe it was the lack of response or acknowledgement from Red that he was making those changes for him and not for a man. We're taught never to change for another, and it seemed like Red changed for Terry and not himself.
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That statement alone should be enough to describe this book, but for those who would like a little more, I'll go into further detHumorous, quick read.
That statement alone should be enough to describe this book, but for those who would like a little more, I'll go into further detail. First, these are bite size stories—a paragraph at most—of true crime stories from around the world. There is approximately one for every day of the year, but if you're a voracious reader, you'll devour the book in one sitting.
Still, some of the hijinks remind me of those bizarre episodes of COPS, where you can't quite believe anyone would be so dumb. Anyone who enjoyed watching the show would love this book. I'd go as far to say it would make an excellent gift for just about anyone on your list, even if they're not huge readers.
From robber who wound up caught because he wanted to help a friend to a woman arrested for arson after setting her husband's boat (among other things) on fire for watching, get this, a Jennifer Lopez movie ... These true stories are bizarre yet entirely entertaining reads.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest opinion....more
Raised for one purpose, Angela found a new one. Vague, I know. Nope. Still no spoilers from me. An exciting and riveting conclusion to the trilogy
Raised for one purpose, Angela found a new one. Vague, I know. Nope. Still no spoilers from me. An exciting and riveting conclusion to the trilogy lodged with chase scenes, friendships, and valor. Not once was I disappointed in the story or left feeling unfulfilled. The seeds planted in the first book grew in a beautiful arc. Definitely an author to follow if you love clean tales of heroic deeds from unlikely characters....more