Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: Love Is Always Write: Volume Six


Love Is Always Write: Volume Six
Love Is Always Write: Volume Six by Sara York

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Review: No Fault of His Own


No Fault of His Own
No Fault of His Own by Sara York

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Ryan feels like he hasn't been doing his part and is unsure of Jesse. Jesse seems to be kind of harsh and doesn't seem to have a clue how to express his feelings. But a medical crisis give them the chance to express their true feelings and head toward a commitment both really want.



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Review: No Distractions


No Distractions
No Distractions by Em Woods

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Ted and Erik are an established couple. Each worries about waht is happening to them as a couple. But with the clever use of travel mementos they are heading back in the right direction.



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Review: Marketing Beef


Marketing Beef
Marketing Beef by Rick Bettencourt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Evan's a number cruncher and a bit insecure with a crush on a co-worker Dillon. A series of billboards and a scandal in the office bring these two together. Sweet story.



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Review: Blue Mountain


Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain by Cardeno C.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Mitch is helping out his brother in running of the pack they have saved from a terrible leader. Simon has returned to bury his mother and has no idea of the changes. Simon tries to be strong and it was wonderful to seem him relax into himself and learn to trust Mitch and the pack as it is now. I love how they were really fated for each other.



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Review: Priceless


Priceless
Priceless by Cat Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This story is powerful and disturbing. The most disturbing thing is that it seems to totally real and possible. It hurts to think how many of are smartest young people are having to put themselves at risk to try and obtain their dreams and how condemned by others they must feel. This story has lots of dark and painful issues I'm so thankful that Conner was willing to put his feelings first not just in acceptance but to be willing be patient and not give up on love.

Update 02/28/2015- decided to reread so I could read the whole series. Enjoyed the story every bit as much this time as I did the first time I read it.



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Review: Jake's Thief


Jake's Thief
Jake's Thief by A.C. Katt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Davey has reached the end of his ability to cope but Jake catches him. They seem to quickly bond but both of them have to figure out how to communicate and trust with each other.



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Review: Into the Light


Into the Light
Into the Light by Kate Sherwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Chris is at a point where he is re-evaluating what he wants in life and the best way to achieve that. So he starts with an unexpected purchase and now that the door is open to new possibilities and taking risks there seems to be a whole lot of other new ideas popping up in his head.



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Review: McFarland's Farm


McFarland's Farm
McFarland's Farm by Cardeno C.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



It's always amusing to see two people who crush on each other make so many assumptions why it is one sided. I think Lucas still needs to do some growing up as far as really listening to what his dad is saying and not jumping to conclusions. But Jared seems to provide a great balance and they have a lot to give each other.



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Review: Depending on You


Depending on You
Depending on You by J.E. Birk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Their story is full of humor and missteps. But as they fumble along they both grow and learn and become better individuals together.



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Review: The Purest of Intentions


The Purest of Intentions
The Purest of Intentions by Shawn Bailey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Alexis is talented, kind, and generous. Madison is a single dad but also smart and talented. It was interesting to watch Madison learn to be truly comfortable in his own skin. As often happens he was way more worried about what his kid would think than was necessary. I love Scotty's simple answers to all his dad's angst.



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Review: Beginning to Believe


Beginning to Believe
Beginning to Believe by Sean Michael

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



These guys just hit it off and Tyler's quiet acceptance of Kit's scars makes all the difference. Hope there will be more to their story.



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Review: Captured and Examined


Captured and Examined
Captured and Examined by Kallista Dane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I love how the story opens with the young Callen hearing the legend from his mom. Then to how it plays out 24 years later. Both Quinn and Tess are strong in their own ways. Quinn is the balance Tess needs. Fate brings them together but they still need to make it work.



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Review: Winter's Gift


Winter's Gift
Winter's Gift by Sean Michael

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Geoff is alone but the forest brings him what he needs and this time it's brought him a cute little wood sprite in Mauve. For once he won't be along for the winter and Mauve has a way of bring out the best as they share the winter together. They have some crisis to weather but with the coming spring it is time to part. But somehow they both have to learn what it really means to have home and family.



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Review: Drawing Straws: Joe


Drawing Straws: Joe
Drawing Straws: Joe by Sean Michael

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Once again the guys are meeting for the weekend and while there is still lots of hot sex this time things also take a more serious turn. We are seeing more of the relationship and they now have any more to hold them together.



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Review: A Perfect Kind of Love


A Perfect Kind of Love
A Perfect Kind of Love by Elizabeth McKay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This story opens with Jamie in trouble. The story has short glimpes of now as she reflects on all that brought her to the place she's in right now. Dan and Jamie seem to be perfect for each other filling that missing spot in the other one's life. Even though she has a sad upbringing she still ends up doing pretty well. The side topic of her friendship with Crystal is also great to read and really adds to the overall warmth of the story.



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Review: Becoming Lil' Mandy


Becoming Lil' Mandy
Becoming Lil' Mandy by Elsa Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is a modern story with a Victorian feel. Amanda is in trouble and all alone. The Eden project is really her only hope. While there is a bit of dubious consent because really what choice does she have it still from the beginning has the feel that everything is really for her best interest. Ethan really seems to have feelings for her from the beginning and is willing to do what ever is best for her to help her be a better person. I love how their relationship develops and how she is allowed to explore who she is and remain safe. It seems that there are more stories lurking at the Eden project and hope they develop.



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Review: Harmony's Golden Chain


Harmony's Golden Chain
Harmony's Golden Chain by Frances Lucette

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



This story has a little bit of everything either straight out or hinted at. Harmony and Abelard are the center of a very kinky family. They are a work in progress as they continue to figure out the best way to satisfy all their needs. As the story comes to a close their are still exploring. This story is well written but a few of the elements made me feel a bit squeamish therefore the 3 rating.



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Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Secrets and Ink


Secrets and Ink
Secrets and Ink by Lou Harper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Poor Jem is cursed by Karma. What a great way to begin the story. The story unfolds to just prove Jem's point. Now Nick is in his life and has to keep him out of trouble long enough for the curse to run it's course. Lots of drama with a touch of humor.



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Review: Two Howls


Two Howls
Two Howls by Sean Michael

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Max is running and life Ulf is there to catch him. Ulf has to be strong enough to convince Max that he is meant to stop and stay. He needs to teach Max that things can and should be different. And once Max gets it he really gets it. Love the action and drama.



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Review: The Half of Us


The Half of Us
The Half of Us by Cardeno C.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Jason does hook up and his night with Abe was no different until suddenly it is. It was fun to see everything sort of sneaks up on Jason. As they form a bend they also begin to work as a couple to make life better for the whole family Very heartwarming.



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Review: Squirm: virgin captive of the billionaire biker tentacle monster


Squirm: virgin captive of the billionaire biker tentacle monster
Squirm: virgin captive of the billionaire biker tentacle monster by Cari Silverwood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



A very funny look at what happens when all the clich├ęs of erotic romance come together into one very funny parody. Well done. I especially liked the grey ties.



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Friday, February 13, 2015

Review: Alpha, Delta


Alpha, Delta
Alpha, Delta by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Way the relationship builds in a way you would expect given their careers. They seem to even be fooling themselves until a crisis forces them to really think about their feelings for the other. Very dramatic story.



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Review: A Hard Habit To Break


A Hard Habit To Break
A Hard Habit To Break by K.C. Kendricks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Interesting to see how love and anger can reside together and can separate friends for such a long time. I love that while they immediately reconnect that still have to deal with the fall out from all those years of misunderstanding.



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Review: Dirty Dining


Dirty Dining
Dirty Dining by E.M. Lynley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Jeremey takes a chance on a new job and runs into Brice who visiting for the first time. There is a connection but it's all kinds of complicated. What I found interesting in the story is the stuff they seem to have no trouble accepting and the kinds of things that really trip them up. And I won't give it away but I love the dramatic scene at the club.



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Review: 3 Mannies: Gay Romance Box Set


3 Mannies: Gay Romance Box Set
3 Mannies: Gay Romance Box Set by Trina Solet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



A collection of three different stories with a common theme around hiring a manny. Each story is unique and has it's own elements. Sometimes these are presented with a done deal, are hiring based on interest, or pushed because of a great recommendation. Some of the stories move slowing and others speed to the bed and then move to relationship. But each of the stories are fun to read and some are really heartwarming.



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Review: Before I Wake


Before I Wake
Before I Wake by Eli Easton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Jonesy is a caring a loving person and he feels something from the minute Michael is brought into the hospital. He seems to feel the need care for this man. Despite the coma there is a part of Michael that is touched by Jonesy's love. I love that the story doesn't end with a wake up kiss but allows us to see them continue to love and grow together. This story will require reading with a tissue handy.



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Review: Helpmate


Helpmate
Helpmate by Sean Michael

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I love the fact that Jason is allowed to continue to grow and become his own man as the little of their special little family. The also continue to support Knight in his recovery and sometimes you just have to take things in hand.



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Review: Mind Me, Mae


Mind Me, Mae
Mind Me, Mae by Georgia St. Claire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Mabel has come to town to write her new book and lands herself in a situation she wasn't quite prepared for. But there is Will who she knew when a college Freshman and wasn't prepared for the fact that he liked her even then. But as she adjusts to life in Menton she learns that she can count on Will to give her what she needs to help her be successful and cared for. She also learns her tough enough to do what it takes to keep her safe from the bad guys.



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Review: Reluctant Submission: Educating Meredith


Reluctant Submission: Educating Meredith
Reluctant Submission: Educating Meredith by R.R. Greaves

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Meredith has taken be a strong in charge woman too far and her PA has found a way to rein her in. This isn't a love story or a building relationship. It is more about explore the dark corners in your own mind. It is about Meredith being led on a journey that isn't yet complete but is bringing her slowly to her knees.



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Review: Submitting Sarah


Submitting Sarah
Submitting Sarah by Vanessa Vale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Sarah has taken off to determine her own destiny and ends up between a creek and a hard place. Now she's faced with Garret and Tag who know what the need to keep her safe. But despite the fact that there are two of them they tread her gently and with care. She quickly responds to them and finds her own destiny right where she is.



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Review: The Rancher's Little Girl


The Rancher's Little Girl
The Rancher's Little Girl by Emily Tilton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Victoria has really gotten herself in a fix. She turns to an old friend for help and he calls in a favor with his friend. What draws you in is that this is a tough and gutsy girl and on the surface it all about keeping herself and saving her from her own bad choices. But it quickly morphs into more as longings she wasn't even sure she had come to the surface and she finds so much more than she was looking for.



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Review: The Substitute Mommy


The Substitute Mommy
The Substitute Mommy by Dort Wesley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This was a quick but enjoyable read. Maggie has a lot of courage and a good heart. But she is keeping one big secret. Nat is drawn to this sweet and wonderful woman but he doesn't like deceit and he can spot that something isn't as it appears. But when the truth is revealed so is the love. A very touching story and great Valentine's Eve read.



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Review: A Brush of Violet


A Brush of Violet
A Brush of Violet by Corinne Alexander

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



A visit to Corbin's Bend brings back old longings for Violet. It was a desire she had buried because she felt she needed to push herself career wise. It was great to see her let loose and explore those feelings. She has to silence her mother's voice in her head so that she is free to listen to her own voice. I love that she can be strong and pursue her own life while becoming a part of someone else's life at the same time. She doesn't have to make and either or decision.



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