Reviewer: Victoria Genre: m/m contemporary 4.5 Hearts
Review: Sam Flynn always dreamed of being a journalist but a car accident changed his life and seemReviewer: Victoria Genre: m/m contemporary 4.5 Hearts
Review: Sam Flynn always dreamed of being a journalist but a car accident changed his life and seemed to sideline his goals in life. Now he seems stuck in a rut. He spends his days working as a landscaper and his nights drunk, jumping in bed with anyone handy. Sam starts looking into the death of a client of his who he saw just before she died.
Nathan is the husband of the woman who died. His wife, Emma, was murdered and Nathan is the biggest suspect. While Nathan might have been married, he also likes men. He works for the FBI and spends a lot of his time away from home working on cases and is bent on finding who killed his wife. The connection between Nathan and Sam is intense from the first minute we see them together. I enjoyed how Sam went out of his way to try to help Nathan with his grief even if he also wanted to know more. Nathan, it seems, was attracted to Sam just as much as Sam was to him. I loved how Nathan wanted to make sure he was over the death of his wife before trying to have a relationship with Sam. That made the sex scenes even better.
I found this book well written with a fascinating plot. I enjoyed how the author balanced romance and mystery in a realistic and believable way. The main characters and the secondary characters were mesmerizing. While the ending was a little predictable, this book is filled with twists and turns that keep you interested all the way through. I had a hard time putting this book down. I hope to see these characters again in the future.
Review: I started out really liking this audiobook, and I think a lot of that had to do with liking HenrReviewer: Sandra Genre: M/M Contemporary 3 Hearts
Review: I started out really liking this audiobook, and I think a lot of that had to do with liking Henry. This is a good series to listen to in audio format, as I have with the previous two, and that continues here. But as I was listening I just sort of... petered out. I think part of that was that I found Locke more and more unlikable as it went one. His reactions and issues were understandable, and I'll make allowances a few times, but he kept making the same mistake over and over again and I was getting annoyed that Henry was so easy going about it.
Their connection was good, and the sex scenes were steamy, so no complaints there. But as I said, I put this down for a few days when I had only had 7 minutes left, so when I came back in I couldn't even remember what had happened in the previous scene. Hence, the short review. The first is still my favorite in this series, but it's a series I'll certainly keep up with if more come out.
Review: 1 1/2 hearts for most of the book, and 3 hearts for the last 1/8. I like the uniqueness to DylaReviewer: Missy B Genre: m/f paranormal 1.5 Stars
Review: 1 1/2 hearts for most of the book, and 3 hearts for the last 1/8. I like the uniqueness to Dylan, but found the characters all over the place, the alpha was a wimp, and she's a psycho bitch at times. I liked the premise of the story, but it just didn't develop. There's a underlying feeling of a big secret, but it's boring.
Things that bothered me: She too accepting of his wolf, yet ignores it as if she hadn't seen him partially shift, but talks about it. His teeth are elongated, yet he speaks fine. Early in the book she denies he changed at all, then she can't wrap her mind around it, and in the next breath she wants to help him, yet no freak out at all. Dylan talks about her lavender scent, then it changes to patchouli scent. Sunflower seed butter became nut butter. The time and conversation transitions are not smooth. A shifter with nudity issues, that is also alpha, and he struggles to carry a person, and takes orders from others. Who stops to do a yoga pose when they think someone might have broken into their home. Closing her eyes & taking a deep breath to center themselves, but not a yoga pose. Talk of Gen & Vincent then it's dropped as quickly as it comes up.
The conversations are all bunched together. There isn't a back and forth dialogue. There is no separation (either extra spaces or a decorative symbol or line) between conversations. Ex. She's talking to Dylan on the phone, and the next paragraph she's talking to Gen. No space between the paragraphs. It makes you pause, ruining the flow.
The time transitions are not clear. Ex.: the week goes by in a blur, Tuesday she gets flowers, Friday she has champagne with the ladies, spends the weekend catching up on things, Saturday happens, then Dylan is back from his week-long trip that he just left for. So it goes from Monday to Friday then back to Tuesday then back to Friday, then the whole weekend, then back to Saturday, then I guess the end of the week since he's back but it's Monday.
Ex: She mentions how she's glad it wasn't a late night at her clinic, then calls Vincent then Genevieve for a 6 pm dinner at her place with homemade bread. Vets are usually open till 5pm (late days are till 7pm) during the week and you know the vet isn't walking out the door at 5. Then she goes to the store, before getting home to cook and greet her guests.
I just couldn't get into the story. It just never developed. I think the big reason was the characters. I did like the last few chapters, once the big mystery of who/might be drugging weres is hinted at. Once Sysco comes into the story, things start moving, but then things just end.
If the next book is like the last 1/8, then I'd give it a try, otherwise I wouldn't.
Review: I laughed and I cried, and I fell in love with Levi Goode in this highly enjoyable and utterly hReviewer: Barb Genre: M/M Contemporary 4.5 Hearts
Review: I laughed and I cried, and I fell in love with Levi Goode in this highly enjoyable and utterly heartbreaking story from the very talented Ethan Day.
Levi is an event planner in Wilde City who has just scored the biggest event of his career, and the best part is that this fundraiser will be launching him into the spotlight so that he can garner even more business. It doesn’t hurt that his chief competitor has been ill and knocked off her lofty self-important pedestal, and it’s even better when one of the socialites involved in this cancer fundraiser tells him that she’s going to connect him with Julia Freeman-Kingsley whose annual anniversary party is the biggest event in Wilde City each year.
Julia turns out to be a wonderful and vivacious woman and Levi and she hit it off right from the start. Levi works with her to convince her parents, Senator and Mrs. Freeman, that Julia’s first choice of venue is the one that will be best for everyone. Levi’s success and support from Julia couldn’t come at a better time since he’s paying for round-the-clock nursing care for his mother Ruby, a former Vegas showgirl who isn’t one to be tied down for long and needs to be handled with kid gloves. When Ruby falls in her home, and Levi arrives on the scene, he’s greeted by paramedics, one of whom is positively stunning.
A few days later, Levi finds himself asking Jake, the paramedic, if he’d like to attend a local theater showing of Marilyn Monroe’s “Some Like It Hot”. After the movie, Levi is totally smitten with Jake and it appears the feeling is mutual, but there’s no opportunity for a kiss goodnight, and Levi accepts that for now. When he accidentally bumps into Jake at Julia Freeman-Kingsley’s apartment a week later, he’s shocked to find out that Jake is Julia’s twin brother, but he’s more shocked to be introduced to Jake’s “husband”, Victor.
Though it turns out that Victor and Jake are not married, needless to say, Levi is horrified that he started to have feelings for Jake and is really angry with Jake for not telling him about Victor. In his very blunt way, Levi lets Jake have it and tells him that there will be no further contact between them. This holds true until one night when the men find themselves getting drunk at a local bar. Jake had been helping Levi gather photos of Julia and her husband that day for a secret anniversary gift and stopped at the bar for a drink. When they run into Levi’s former boyfriend Dan celebrating his engagement to his new boyfriend—the one Dan left Levi for—there’s no stopping Levi from getting bombed. Jake escorts a drunken Levi home, and though there’s no kissing or sex involved, a loose-lipped Jake tells Levi how wonderful and kissable he is and how much he cares about him. Even drunk, Levi can’t believe how inappropriate Jake is being, and he bans him from his life, asking for no contact at all. He manages to hold in his tears until Jake is gone and then cries his heart out knowing that he’s finally met the one man in the world who he knows is just for him, but he simply can’t have him. Levi’s moral code would never allow him to be the cause of Jake cheating on Victor.
I really enjoyed this story. Ethan Day did such a wonderful job building Levi’s character. He’s bright and witty, funny, sarcastic, loving and emotional and a terrific son to his mother. Jake’s character is tragic in that he has always been different from his wealthy family and he saw Victor as his savior when they first met. But he and Victor have been growing apart for years and he feels unable to fulfill Victor’s needs in the same way that he couldn’t fulfill his father’s dreams for him. The secondary characters are varied and outrageous. From the amazingly campy and fun-loving Ruby, to Levi’s new sexy assistant Angelo who makes no secret that he wants to get in Levi’s pants, to the abrasive and often rude, Valerie, Levi’s assistant, best friend, and chief nag.
The one thing I didn’t like in the story was the acceleration in Valerie’s obnoxious behavior in the Epilogue. If she hadn’t appeared in the Epilogue, or if her language had been toned down, I would have liked the story better. In fact, I liked the story much better up to the point where the Epilogue began. That fell flat for me. It didn’t have the same feel as the rest of the story, and I was left disappointed.
However, overall, it was a very enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it to lovers of M/M romance, especially those who want angst and unrequited love, slow burn and a long difficult path to their HEA for the MCs. This story is also a fine example of Ethan Day’s humorous writing style and it left me smiling and chuckling about Ruby long after I finished the book. Don’t miss out on this one!
Review: Forgive me for starting this way but honestly, if you are going to name an MC Jack, why wouldReviewer: Barb Genre: M/M Contemporary Audio 2 Hearts
Review: Forgive me for starting this way but honestly, if you are going to name an MC Jack, why would you name the other one Zachariah? Of course, even though he doesn’t like it, his nickname is Zach! Add to that the fact that the book is now on audio and the resulting confusion as the mind switches back and forth in dialogue between the two men is pretty evident.
Jack Flemming was severely injured when a high school prank went wrong and it also left him without his best friend Zachariah Durban, now a famous author living in Europe. Zach was one of the gang of boys who had the bright idea to tie him to a flag pole naked and then walk away. When Jack was discovered the next morning, he was suffering from severe hypothermia and his skin was stuck to the pole. Severely scarred from where the paramedics had to cut his skin to detach him from the pole, needless to say, Jack has not forgotten the incident, nor forgiven any of the boys, even though fifteen years have passed.
Jack is now co-owner of the Mechanic Shop in his hometown. He does volunteer work at a local center for foster children who don’t have positive male role models. When he gets a call from Zachariah Durban, Jack at first refuses to answer, but eventually when Zach keeps calling and pestering him, he takes the call only to find out that Zach wants to fly him to St. Tropez to meet and discuss something very important. Zach actually wants to apologize to the man he has loved since they were teens. When Jack told him that he was gay, Zach didn’t reciprocate so he’s unaware of Zach’s feelings. Zach is suffering from writer’s block and can’t get Jack off his mind so he figures now is the time to act.
Jack goes, and within a week decides to forgive Zach. They also start a relationship which quickly turns to love. While in Europe, Jack also decides to adopt one of the boys at the center. Jordan is sixteen and just lost his best friend when he was adopted by a couple from another state. After thinking it over while he’s on vacation, Jack makes a few calls and begins the adoption process. Zachariah is onboard with the idea and the two make plans to live together and buy a home close to Jack’s job and Jordan’s school. This all takes place over the course of a month or so.
Ideally, all of these events would be amazing if stretched out over the course of a year or so, or if there had been some contact between the men at some point within the fifteen years. However, pushing two guys together, one of whom hurt the other long ago, having no contact over that time, with the victim hating the people who harmed him, and not only finding forgiveness but everlasting love, then sharing parenthood, and the purchase of a new home together is far beyond the stretch of my imagination. It didn’t click for me and, in fact, I found the writing too simplistic, and most of the scenarios, including a later high school reunion incident, unrealistic.
The only redemption to this story is the narration by Paul Morey who did a good job with the voices. I assume that if I had read the book, rather than listening to it, I may have put it on my DNF shelf. I definitely would have marked it lower – probably 1.5 hearts.
Review: In the world of Axel’s Pup, werewolves are recognized by humans, but they have to abide by Anti-PaReviewer: Barb Genre: M/M Paranormal 4.5 Hearts
Review: In the world of Axel’s Pup, werewolves are recognized by humans, but they have to abide by Anti-Pack Laws, laws that were created by humans to keep wolves under control. One such law is that no more than two wolves can reside in any one location, thereby eliminating the possibility of a pack forming. Another law is that every wolf will have the surname Wolf, and it will be clearly stated on their driver’s licenses so anyone asking for ID will automatically know. Another affects how a wolf can handle himself with humans who challenge him. Wolves are allowed to take bets, an exchange of funds on a dare by a human to a wolf. But a wolf has no rights if a human harms him. In short, wolves exist but have no voice.
Bayden Wolf is familiar with all these laws, and as the story opens we see him come into the Dragon’s Lair, a biker club bar where he’s actually hoping to take on some bets to raise much-needed money to help support his mother and dying grandfather. There he meets Axel Carmichael, a gorgeous man who Bayden immediately identifies as more dominant than any other man in the room, and from the moment he meets Axel’s eyes, he’s a goner. He’d love nothing better than to submit to this man, and though he doesn’t know it at the time, Axel wants him just as badly.
The Dom sees Bayden as much more than a wolf. He sees a submissive in need of a Dom, but he’s a submissive who happens to be a dominant wolf and it will take kid gloves to bring this pup to heel. Slowly, in a very careful and well thought-out process, Axel begins to build Bayden’s trust, but it’s a difficult road for both men to follow when outside forces constantly interfere, and though Axel wants to claim Bayden as his submissive, he’s willing to wait until Bayden can fully understand the concepts of a full time D/s relationship and be willing to surrender complete control to Axel.
Bayden’s ability to be truthful with Axel is hampered by his distrust of humans, a distrust well-earned as we see when he’s stopped by cops as he’s driving with the biker club through his hometown. And, he’s hiding a few major secrets, among them the fact that he’s not the spoiled rich boy Axel assumed him to be. He’s also the sole support of his mother and dying grandfather, and he’ll do anything to earn enough money to be sure they are okay, including taking bets and doing dangerous scenes with would-be Doms. With extreme care and patience, Axel learns how a dominant wolf would behave and emulates that behavior every time he needs to make a decision on how to give Bayden praise, penance, or punishment. He goes so far as to eventually meet Bayden’s mother and confirm his commitment to Bayden in her presence. As he grows to love Bayden deeply, he realizes his ultimate goal is to have Bayden as his collared submissive for a lifetime together. The journey toward this goal is long and arduous, but the author captured my attention very early in the story and kept me interested as Axel worked to claim his pup one step at a time.
I enjoyed the fact that the author did not rush this process at all, and thankfully, there was no insta-love or insta-sex. Instead, there was patience and restraint, healing and nurturing, give and take, and both inside and outside conflict and resolution. In addition, the secondary characters were engaging and interesting, lending support to the story without overpowering it, and at least four of them could potentially return in a future story. I hope!
One downside that I hate to even mention is the editing, but since this is self-published, it may help the author in the future—an additional proofread before publication would have improved the book. There were more typos than I expected, and at least two cases of character confusion. It was not only the simple use of “through” instead of “though”, it was phrases like “he turned his hand and let the tiny mental points catch the light” (should have been metal) which pulled me out of the scene. There were quite a few, and they dropped the story from a 5 to 4.5 for me because they disrupted my reading enjoyment.
However, overall, I do highly recommend this book. Over and above the fact that this is a very intriguing shifter and BDSM story, it is a beautiful love story, one that all lovers of M/M romance should check out. If Ms. Dare creates sequels in this shifter world, they’ll be right at the top of my wish list for sure.
Reviewer: Victoria Genre: M/M Contemporary 4.5 Hearts
Review: Anthony and Leo is the third book in the Frankie series by Sue Brown. While this book is parReviewer: Victoria Genre: M/M Contemporary 4.5 Hearts
Review: Anthony and Leo is the third book in the Frankie series by Sue Brown. While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel with ease. Tony is a bartender who is looking for a Dom of his own. Unfortunately for Tony, he does not fit the idea of most subs. Tony is big, older, and very hairy. He is getting jaded by all the Doms that keep overlooking him for the twink type of sub. It’s getting to the point that Tony is grumpy and short with everyone around him.
Leo is not a dom but is a top and takes a chance and gives Tony his number. Leo is attracted to Tony right from the start. Leo is a man who pushes for Tony to commit to him. He sees the real man underneath and wants him, even if it means he has to push his own boundaries and become the Dom his sub wants him to be. The connection between Leo and Tony is intense. They make a great couple, however I kept wondering if Jordan’s attraction to Tony would start trouble. It started to look like it would create drama but it fizzled away. This book could have been at least twice the length it was but the author missed opportunities to expand the story in the effort to rush to the end. I found this book well written with a unique plot. The main characters and the secondary characters kept my interest. While the ending was a little predictable, the journey the book takes the reader is gripping with several unanticipated twists and turns. Overall, this was a very captivating book and I hope to see these characters again in the future.
Reviewer: Richard Genre: M/M Contemporary 4.5 Hearts
Review: This is the sequel to a “Forbidden Rumpspringa. If anything this second title in the series iReviewer: Richard Genre: M/M Contemporary 4.5 Hearts
Review: This is the sequel to a “Forbidden Rumpspringa. If anything this second title in the series is better than the first. Starting where Forbidden Rumspringa ended the author takes great pains for the reader to view 21st century American society through the eyes of these two young Amish men.
The Ordnung that was followed in their Amish settlement is one that is the most restrictive in Amish society. This is a drastic change when contrasted to San Francisco where the men find refuge with Isaac’s brother who has previously fled the plain life and married a woman of Philippine descent.
The chapter set in the local Target shows the author’s deep knowledge of Amish culture. The young men need to choose clothes, toiletries, and other items necessary to their new lives. The choices are beyond their comprehension and ability to even begin to make decisions.
The real eye opener is how everyone does not seem to even notice when they are together.
Tension and personal conflict arise between them as David begins to experience panic attacks and is wracked with guilt over abandoning his family.
A family emergency propel Isaac and David accompanied by his brother and his wife to Minnesota.
It is not necessary to read Forbidden RumSpringa to understand the sequel. However, it is recommended by this reviewer. I highly recommend this book as well as its predecessor.
Review: Eric is a young Englishman who has taken a 5 year contract to work at an elephant preserve in SouReviewer: Diane Genre: M/M Contemporary 5 Hearts
Review: Eric is a young Englishman who has taken a 5 year contract to work at an elephant preserve in South Africa. He has been out and proud for some time and has never had reason to think he needs to hide who he is. Tyaan is a South Africa native who has never left his hometown, despite the homophobia he has witnessed since his teen years, he is also the pilot that delivers all supplies for The Foundation, the organization Eric now works for. The story is told primarily from the alternating points of view of Eric and Tyaan, but Tyaan’s roommate, bestfriend, and the flying doctor for the region, Jessie, gets a couple of chapters from her point of view.
I have only read two books by Lillian Francis, and based on that, she knows how to develop a story where, with the level of detail and back story, at first, you may think “what does this have to do with anything” and when it hits you, you can barely put the book down! There are times that with the back story, you think you know the direction the story is going to go and then….nope, you’re wrong!
As a result, the story was well paced, with great main characters and secondary characters – you want to know more about the bosses assistant (a future sequel perhaps?) and you have a good idea who to be concerned about as the story progresses. There are also secondary characters who are pleasant surprises, the town police officer Andrew being my favorite of these! The chemistry between the two main characters has a great build up, with compassion for Tyaan and what he saw his friends go through, which is why he tried to stay in the closet and under the radar, and hope for Eric that he won’t get his heart broken, since you love him pretty much from the start of the story!
There are two elephants that are quite close, although they were raised differently, and Eric becomes as close to them, Jack and Ianto, and there was one point in the story I was afraid they were going to be victims of someone’s hatred, but they turn out to be pretty major secondary characters! If you like animals, you are going to love these two characters!
I don’t want to reveal too much, but suffice it to say, after two stories, Lillian Francis is well on the way to being one of my auto-buy authors as she can craft a story and great characters, so well.
I would recommend this book for romance lovers who really enjoy the development of the story as much as the romance and hot scenes and while this was my first book by this author, I will be looking for more!
Review: I've been eagerly waiting this book since the end of book 2 "Relief Valve", which I absolutely adoredReviewer: Mandy Genre: M/M Thriller 4 Hearts
Review: I've been eagerly waiting this book since the end of book 2 "Relief Valve", which I absolutely adored even with a bit of a surprise and revelation ending. This one picks up that story line and of course we have more murder and mayhem, a wedding or two..and maybe a little trouble in paradise? Grant Carey (yes in my mind he was Cary Grant) is up to no good and Phil is hired to help take care of the situation, but it can't be that easy now, can it? Some of Phil's history is revealed to Tom and that throws a wrench ( a bad pun, I know ) in to their relationship...I actually started to feel sorry for Phil, especially after having to face Tom's Mum. Tom's talents are needed to figure out who's behind the attacks but he's confused and questioning whether he really knows Phil...but well....it's love , isn't it? The third book in this series doesn't disappoint, its got JL Merrow's trademark British humor and wit, my favorite psychic plumber and his PI boyfriend and all the crazy cohorts and I'm more than ready for the next book in the series!
Reviewer: Victoria Genre: M/M Contemporary 4.5 Hearts
Review: Loving an Absentminded Astrophysicist is the first and second book combined in the AstrophysReviewer: Victoria Genre: M/M Contemporary 4.5 Hearts
Review: Loving an Absentminded Astrophysicist is the first and second book combined in the Astrophysicist series by T. N. Tarrant.
Dr. Liam McGregor starts in the first book a twenty three year old astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and geologist. He is so smart he gets lost in his own thoughts to the point he has ended up in the ER on such a regular basis that the ER works know him by name. Liam’s past has left him weary of people around him and very lonely. The second book is eight years later, Liam’s life is different. He is married, and looking to adopt but his accident prone nature is making things difficult.
Jareth Manning is starting his life over after the loss of his husband. He has a new job, and moved to a new town. He is thrown for a loop when the old rules of keeping your hands to yourself are thrown out the window. He has to physically move and/or redirect astrophysicists because they are too absorbed in their work to pay attention. Jareth starts to fall for Liam at first sight. He makes Liam’s safety his first priority no matter how long they are together.
The connection between Jareth and Liam is intense. Jareth tries to help and protect Liam. Despite Liam’s dark past, he trusts Jareth even before he really knows him. They make a great pair and l loved how honest Liam was. Jareth comes across as a strong and trustworthy man.
I found this book well written with a distinctive plot. The main characters and the secondary characters were realistic. While the ending was a little predictable, the journey the book takes the reader is gripping with several unanticipated twists and turns. I had a hard time putting this book down. I hope to see these characters again in the future.
Review: Gabe Martin’s life is all about hockey. His life’s dream is to win the Stanley Cup. While Gabe is gaReviewer: Victoria Genre: M/M Sport 5 Hearts
Review: Gabe Martin’s life is all about hockey. His life’s dream is to win the Stanley Cup. While Gabe is gay, he is not out, nor does he want to be known as the first gay player in hockey. All he wants to do is play hockey. As life changes around him Gabe attempts to cope with being outed and heading into a relationship he really did not see coming.
Dante Baltierra the opposite of Gabe in almost every way. While he is dedicated to the game of hockey, he is still young enough to enjoy all the perks of being a hockey player. Dante considers himself straight until he spends time with Gabe. He is attracted to him and battles himself and the ramifications of dating a fellow player, especially one that has been outed.
The connection between Dante and Gabe is intense. The relationship between Gabe and Dante starts slowly almost without either of them even realizing it. I loved how Dante slowly incorporated himself into Gabe’s life in and outside of work. The sex scenes were incredible.
I found this book well written with a distinctive plot. The main characters and the secondary characters were absorbing. The ending of the book was predictable but the book was more about the journey to the end than the end itself so it worked well. I had a hard time putting this book down.
Review: The second installment in this series of “Pack Valley” was fascinating. We are further introduceReviewer:Kevin Genre: M/M Paranormal 4.25 Hearts
Review: The second installment in this series of “Pack Valley” was fascinating. We are further introduced to Kyle and Jay’s budding relationship while finding out through additional subplots other facets of the shifter’s story and history. The author moves at a rather fast pace to keep the readers on their toes, but writes it effectively.
While Jay and Kyle face a series of adventures along their way in this book, you find their love for one another grows with them. Questions are answered, secrets are revealed and traitors are unmasked, helped along through a creative weaving of words and thoughts by this author.
Nothing is as simple as it seem because Kyle find that protecting his mate is not as easy as he thought. In fact, at each turn his mate is the one doing the protecting of Kyle. This is situations the young Alpha has difficulty accepting.
This author has a gift and I for one am glad to be a part of it while reading this series. I can’t wait to read more of this storyline and to see all the plots continue to develop in this series.