After years of being bounced around the foster care system and an unwanted medical discharge from the Army, Jase Walker has finally found a place for himself as a bodyguard with Byrne Security. His loyalty to his job goes beyond professional dedication; the Byrnes treat him like family—the one thing he’s always wanted—and he’s not g ...more
Be Mine takes place at the same time as Be True, and while it can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading Be True first for best results.
I'm a goner for the bodyguard, not to mention the enemies-to-lovers, trope and this story has both, plus oodles of unfulfilled sexual tension.
Jase is Kelly's bodyguard, and he takes his job very seriously. Kelly has been receiving death threats related to bLoved, the dating site he created so gay men could find true love. A stalker is blaming Kelly f ...more
This is another trope I enjoy, enemies to lovers. I was really excited for this one. But my excitement slowly died as I read the book.
It started out great. I loved all the sassy snark Kelly could throw. But eventually it got old. Kelly started getting annoying. The middle dragged like a saggy ass. The sexual frustration made me frustrated. I started skimming which is never a good sign. But then it started getting better again so I was therefore, happy again. So you could say this book was an up ...more
Consistent Starling fluff.
As the owner of Bloved, Kelly has unfortunately made himself the target of a jilted psycho bent on revenge, thinking Kelly’s dating app stole his true love from him. The threats have escalated to disturbing proportions and against Kelly’s wishes, bodyguard Jase is called in to whisk him away from danger.
Jase and Kelly are like oil and water, and their clashing interactions were fun and amusing. Each think themselves as either not deserving of love or doomed to l ...more
Stella Starling has become a safe bet for me, especially when flufftastic M/M romance is required to calm my mind and improve my mood.
I do love me a sexy bodyguard romance and this one worked a treat. Kelly and Jase played off an enemies-to-lovers vibe well, although they were never actually that considering how gobsmacked with immediate lust and awe the men were with one another from the get-go. Their UST built slowly and surely as the story progressed and when feelings and declarations ...more
I took off one star because the plot was a pretty predictable - and having the bad guy be who Brandon, the detective, thought it was from the beginning didn't make the "reveal" of it being that guy all that surprising, although maybe it wasn't meant to be surprising. Still, I didn't get much of a suspenseful feel from that storyline. Most ...more
I was really, really looking forward to Kelly’s story.
It’s one of those weird books. The kind where you enjoyed it because you knew what was coming, but the longer it took to get there the less you were invested. I think had it not taken so very long, we are talking like 70% here guys, I would have been seriously into it.
Jase and Kelly had so much potential and I liked their dynamic but it just stalled out and by the time it picked back up I k ...more
I honestly didn't have high hopes for this book going in and with the way the first 60% went, I was prepared to trudge through Kelly's whining and general childishness/selfishness till the end.
However, somehow he got his head out of his butt and fixed his attitude. That's when things started looking up for the book. This was also a bit better with the steam than the other books by Stella Starling.
I'm still on the fence about Brandon and Shane's book as I honestly can't tell how it mig ...more
I got the feeling a lot of side characters like Brandon, Shaw, and Jacob are probably main characters with their own books ...more
pretty average on all counts. completely insta-lovey and the sexual tension the author was trying to build just didn't happen in my experience, so while there were sex scenes, this wasn't all that steamy. there were some interesting themes in the book (mostly the insecurity of both characters'; Jase's insecurity about his amputation and Kelly's insecurity about his own worth.)
not the worst thing I ever read but still ended up feeling like a waste of a perfectly good sunday afternoon. ...more
The author Duo of Stella Starlings have now become my favorite in the M/M romance world their books have such an easy laid back quality to them that I don't even notice that I can't put the books down. ...more
It's as overblown as a Hallmark Valentine's but that's what makes it a perfect read. The romances in this new series are ridiculous and yet the storyline works.
This is the mirror of book one, while Logan and Trevor were falling in love, Kelly was holed up with bodyguard Jase hiding from a psycho stalker.
There wasn't the same level of steam in this one as the first because that one had needed Logan and Trevor to pretend to be in love.
Instead this one has t ...more
This story felt close to home for me. Since I live practically right where the setting was set, and in a cabin no doubt, "robotic dear" and all. haha. Okay, so maybe ours are actually really REAL.
I really enjoyed this story. Enemies to Lovers tropes are always a fave of mine. And Stella Starling made this one, one of my favorites. The writing was very well done. The characters had plenty of background to get you connected to them. ...more
This review covers the three books in the "At Last, The Beloved Series" because they are sooooooo good and also intertwined with characters and plotlines. I happened to have read the authors' "Semper Fi" series first, which did not blunt my appreciation of this series even though the first book in the Semper Fi was really a follow-up to the third of At Last-Beloved.
First of all, be warned: If you are not a fan of Etta James' version of "At Last," you will not be forgiven, because it ...more
This is Kelly and Jase's story. This story is set at the same time as book one (Be True) they can be read as standalones but I recommend you read them in order. I really enjoyed book one and was looking forward to book 2 and it did not disappoint! Loved this book.
'He was the only man in bLoved’s database of hundreds of thousands of eager, eligible gay men for whom the algorithms had never found a match. He w
I am beyond loving this series!
I'm a huge romantic and this pings every romantic bone in my body. Getting to see Kelly and Jase together was so rewarding and I can't wait to read the next book!
From the first book we had already met Kelly. The creator of bLoved, he made the app to find himself a love match, but to find out that he didn't match to anyone out there. While he has resigned himself to flings, a part of him still pines for love and hurts ...more
Another fabulous series from a fantastic duo of authors. This is book 2 of the series, and it runs chronologically the same time frame as Be True, book 1. It can be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading All I Want 1st then Be True and then Be Mine. This is the story of how the creator of the gay dating app bLoved, Kelly is in danger from an intelligent and resourceful stalker that threatens to harm him soon. Kelly is alone, he jumps in be ...more
The series seems to follow the same pattern--one guy is rough around the edges while the other is a serial dater that wants love. They are totally hot for each other but spend most of the time angsting about it and not just being honest. There is much internal dialogue and not enough action between the characters, IMO. I want ...more
Jace has a lot of hurt from his childhood and the only people to really "keep" him are his best friend, his best friend's uncle and his family. He haven't felt loved from anyone else and wants to be wanted no matter what he says.
Kelly has always wanted love, but hasn't been able to find it. It hurts to connect so many people, but never find your match.
Reading about these two is fun and touching. I live how feisty Kelly is and how hard Jace has to try to not show emotion around him. I'm so h ...more
This was cute, and overly sweet. It didn't blow my mind, by any means, and the "mysterious"/ action oriented plot wasn't my cuppa; but it was nice enough.
I like the way the MCs love each other. It's almost too much.
I just came down from a high of a great book (just my type of good), so it's going to be even harder to topple that. I'm even more critical and less surprised that usual. Stella is very entertaining though.
Maybe I'll edit this, ...more
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I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I can't wait to see what's next for this series. Well done!!!
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