Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: Shirt

Shirt Shirt by Amy Lane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a great little story where two guys go with the flow and have special little time together all based around trying to get dressed too fast.

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Review: Admiring Jesse

Admiring Jesse Admiring Jesse by Shawn Lane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a sweet Valentine Story where the crush turns out to be two-sided after all. I love the way that Jesse is courted. Great story.

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Review: With This Ring, I Thee...Oh, Sh*t!

With This Ring, I Thee...Oh, Sh*t! With This Ring, I Thee...Oh, Sh*t! by Dane Waters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a great romantic comedy where everyone seems to be out for to get the other, there are all kinds of hidden agendas, and the wrong people seem to be getting together. There are so many great moments between Dean and Leo. The story keep bouncing back and forth so you weren't really sure how it would all work until the very end.

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Review: Little Prim and Proper

Little Prim and Proper Little Prim and Proper by Allison West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is a different take on the historical age-play school. In most of the books in this genre while there is sometimes some dubious content you still feel that it for the good of the woman and ultimately there is care.

This story opens with what is clearly a crime. Also, instead of most of the story being about a woman coming to terms with her inner desires to be a little and learning to enjoy her life, Kat is immediately thrown to a man who wishes to marry her and is her only means of escape.

Arthur has his tastes and desire that aren't mainstream but he is a good person and it is clear that he is upset about the state of things. He proves himself to be a very honorable man. He doesn't force choices on Kat. You can see how the outcome of everything could really cause him his own pain.

The story ends at what is really the beginning of the life of these two people as they forge their own path.

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Review: A Place to Belong

A Place to Belong A Place to Belong by Hurri Cosmo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Logan is a great guy and has been working so hard to take care of his charge. But as the time draws near things are getting out of hand with all the crazy extended family that desend. He feel that everything is coming to an end including his crush on Bradley.

And there is Bradley and things just might not be coming to the end. Short but special story.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Two Silent Cries

Two Silent Cries Two Silent Cries by T.N. Tarrant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Micah has had to overcome so much on the road to independence but his dog helps him see it through. What I like he that he is always willing to admit but what he has accomplished but also his weaknesses.

Santiago has his own issues but what comes across first and foremost is his loving, caring, and protective nature. It is these very assets that have him putting space between him and Micah.

But they are really good for each other giving and receiving comfort and care. And as for Micah's family I wish them only the worst. It is scary to think that people like them really do exist in the world.

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Review: Debt

Debt Debt by K.C. Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story is riveting and really held my attention. Mitch is at a crossroads in his life. He knows what he wants but he's not sure it is even obtainable anymore. A change outing with a co-worker proves to be life changing in dramatic ways.

I love the way that Mitch is conflicting from the beginning about what is the right thing to do but also what is the real truth in all that he is seeing. Nikko has his attention from the beginning but both have to sort out their own feelings in a sea of drama and confusion.

Mitch is family is loving, yet willing to speak truth but when push comes to shove they have his back and respect anyone who is willing to sacrifice for family. There were so many points when this story could have derailed but it brought the reader to the station safe and sound even if the ride was a bit wild.

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Review: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom

The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Both of these men are smart and interesting and are slightly attached to each other but they don't even have a chance to explore their feelings before they are thrust together in mutual need. I like that in this story while both of them know they have developing feelings they each suffer from their own self-doubt and fear that the other doesn't feel the same way.

Nothing was onesided as each man brings out something better in the one. Archie has to learn to be his own man instead of his father's shadow and Ondrej is able to help in this process. Ondrej on the other hand has to move beyond being the man who is just running away from home. There is give and take as they work through their feelings for each other.

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Review: Amanda's Dominant Daddy

Amanda's Dominant Daddy Amanda's Dominant Daddy by Maggie Carpenter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the story of a successful woman named Amanda Anderson and up-and-coming new actor Braxton Carter. On the surface it would appear that Amanda is a bit too old and better off in the world. But as the story unfolds there is so much more than meets the eye.

While Braxton is younger and a new actor he has already created his own business is already a self-made man. He also possesses great maturity . He knows who he is and what he is looking for.

Amanda while a very successful business woman is unsure about herself. She has her own doubts and fears.

As they come together things seem to be falling into place for both of them together as well as separately in both business and in personal things. This story is about balance. The balance between desire and need, between personal and professional needs, and between independence and dependence. They give and take from each other in balance as well.

I like that they didn't put all their eggs in one kink basket but explored different aspects of a dominate/submissive relationship in ways that met their needs for the current circumstance much as I picture it working in real life. Also, it wasn't all kink all the time but there was also time for good old-fashioned love making. Their goals and dreams matched each other well. And we learn that sometimes that trust is one of the hardest things to give to another and yet it is the most important.

I really enjoyed this story and was so glad to see things work out for this couple.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Review: A Strong Hand

A Strong Hand A Strong Hand by Catt Ford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love it when you pick up a bunch of books at once so that when you start reading you have the pleasure of being totally surprised but what you find.

It's surprising what creating photos for a catalog can whip up between people. Damien doesn't play anymore because he is caught up in his craft but you can tell it has more to do with not being hurt again. Nick doesn't even have a clue about any of what he's seeing from what things do, the bdsm lifestyle, or evening being into men. And yet they are brought together in a way that is most perfect.

Also, the side characters such as Ashley and Derek have their own new thing going on. But Nick is even helped and learns lessons from his interaction some of the other more minor characters as well.

It was a joy to see these men work things out between themselves and to realize that top or bottom they actually have the same fears and worries about what is in the future. The best part is realizing that the are in it together.

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Review: Lilly Blossoms

Lilly Blossoms Lilly Blossoms by Maggie Ryan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This the story of Lilly. Life has been hard on her but she is a fighter and a surviver. She is capable of taking care of herself and has made a life after a fashion for herself. In trying to help her Miss Summers who runs the special finishing school made things more difficult. But Lilly has adapted.

I love that when Miss Summers realizes what has happened she finds a way to make up for it without doing anything to hurt Lilly's pride or to force her into make choices she might not understand.

We see that Lilly is smart but curious and that curiosity is what brings her to Lord Carrington's attention. Again I am impressed in how he doesn't try to make Lilly feel dependent or less because of their different stations in life. And while he takes steps to make sure she is safe he still gives her space and doesn't invade her privacy. When Phillip senses Lilly's fears or something that might have the potential to upset her he does the best to reassure her and to make sure she is comfortable. He also listens and is willing to admit the things he doesn't know. And when he gives a gift you can tell that his heart was involved because it the best and most perfect gift.

This story makes you feel good about they way things turn out and how special both the main characters are.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review: Goodbye Town

Goodbye Town Goodbye Town by T.A. Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this story of Evan and Duke. They had been childhood friends and then a bit more. But even after ten years of separation they are ready to connect once again. You can feel the care they have for each other. I love that both men are getting a new wonderful new life together.

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Review: Daddy by Default

Daddy by Default Daddy by Default by Shawn Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is cute story of two strong men who are both in a place when they are ready for more. Derek has had to grow up quickly and be responsible. First for his sister when his parents died and then again when he is left with her child upon her own death. It's a lot for a young man to go through on top of running a big company but he's up to the challenge and is even thriving.

Chance is enjoying his work and his life. He likes hanging with friends but also knows there might be more.

As these two men begin to know each other they both discover more about themselves and what they want out of life.

It's great to see two men who are strong and ready to take care of themselves but recognize life can be better when shared.

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Review: Chastity's Belt

Chastity's Belt Chastity's Belt by Breanna Hayse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun story with lots of self examination of figuring out what you truly want and what you truly need. Chasity is at a crossroads in her life. Zackary is also ready to make changes in his life. Their friends are also special and a great addition to the story and their circle. I can image all kinds of wonderful things for all four of these people in the future.

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Review: Virgin Territory

Virgin Territory Virgin Territory by Kim Dare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story shares about a great beginning of a new relationship. I love the way Aaron and Danny navigated through the beginning. They were so much fun to watch.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Review: More Beautiful Than a Unicorn

More Beautiful Than a Unicorn More Beautiful Than a Unicorn by Bell Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes you have to be brave because you know it's the right thing to do. Your friends have to learn to trust your instincts as well. This story is magical and hopeful. When you decide to take a chance on love the best things can happen.

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Review: Quiet as a Mouse

Quiet as a Mouse Quiet as a Mouse by Asta Idonea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a sweet tale of having to come clean to get the very best of everything. Paul is doing everything to spend time with Cale problem is he is to shy to say anything so he's mousy side is who is spending the time. But when he realizes Cale's feelings he has to make the right choice. Both men are a bit shy and might never have gotten around to sharing the best parts but it all works out in the end.

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Review: Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole Ace in the Hole by Ava Drake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stone gets thrown into the political pool head first and in the deep end. He is having to constantly reassess and readjust. But we see that despite what he appears to be like on the surface he does adapt.

Christian has been trying to prove himself to family that doesn't care. But he is smart, funny, and loyal. So when Stone sort of rocks his world he has to do his own reassessing.

This book has peaks of humor within the greater drama of the story. The senator's wife is a wonderful secondary character and I'm loved how her own story played out. It was great to see how each man was able to reevaluate their goals, take a chance at something different, and still end up with all they need.

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Review: Duet

Duet Duet by Eden Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I read the blurb I thought it sounded like an interesting story and was on sale so I picked it up. I was not prepared for the depth of feelings this story would generate. Malcolm thinks himself cowardly for not speaking up in a situation when it was too late to change anything. Allill thinks himself strong and more loyal then those around him. But as their learn to respect each other both learn things about themselves. Malcolm has courage when it counts and Allill learns that sometimes the strong of us will still lose what we hold dear.

There is the mystery of the tale and as the story resets itself we are again drawn to these men. I love how we are given a peak at not only how the principals have been touched by time but also how the descendants of other characters have also faired.

This story is a testament to the power of love and that forever means just what the word implies.

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