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review 2018-06-13 01:51
ARC Review: His Leading Man by Ashlyn Kane
His Leading Man - Ashlyn Kane

Well, this was utterly adorable. Extremely likable characters, even if Drew can be a bit of a diva, inside a mainly angst-free romance on a movie set between a famous Hollywood actor and the brand-new screenwriter whose first screenplay was just optioned and who's sucked into playing one of the leading roles in the movie, falling in love on set and off, and character growth wrapped in a fluffy, feel-good novel - yeah, I'm all for that.

Add some fun supporting characters, like Steve's mom, and Drew's agent, and you have yourself a well-rounded book with which to curl up in your favorite beach lounger for a sunny afternoon.

The meet-cute happens at the auditions where Drew rejects more than a few candidates to star in the movie opposite him, until he sees the cute screenwriter and decides on the spot that this is the guy who should be cast. Steve, the screenwriter, may not be a complete stranger to Hollywood but he values his privacy and would prefer to remain out of the spotlight. But who can possibly deny Drew?

Both of them are rather normal outside of the set, and they communicate with each other. There's a date and slow-dancing, and sweet kisses, and even a bit of steam. We see them on set making the movie Steve wrote, and we get to laugh with them when things don't go as planned. We get to see Drew get all frustrated, and we see Steve call him on that foul temper. Thankfully, there are no horrible miscommunications or stupid assumptions, and they even weather the media storm quite well when their budding romance is outed unexpectedly. 

With a lovely epilogue, this book held me enthralled from start to finish, cute dog included. Also, could someone please make this movie from the book? It sounds fabulous, and I want to watch it! 

Recommended. Buy this book and get yourself to your nearest beach or lakefront to enjoy this sweet romance. 

** I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

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review 2017-09-18 20:17
Review: Winging it by Ashlyn Kane & Morgan James
Winging It - Ashlyn Kane,Morgan James







I wished the romance part was more than the sports talk.
I couldn't really connect with Gabe. Although he was 5 years older than Dante, most of the time he was pretty dense. On the other hand Dante was a riot.






“I don’t want a girl, Gabe. I came out of a closet I didn’t even know I was in for you. I gave up sex on road trips! My cat,” he stressed, “lives at your house. I don’t know what else I can do to make it clear to you.”

“I love you, okay? You complete idiot. Now would you put the ring on, please?”



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review 2016-10-25 08:06
Babe in the Woodshop (Ashlyn Kane, Claudia Mayrant, C.J. Burke)
Babe in the Woodshop - Ashlyn Kane,Claudia Mayrant,CJ Burke

3.5 stars

Light, low drama, low angst, easy read of romance in a small-town. I thought the relationship was good, and I appreciated the progress from strangers to lovers. The small-town vibe was positive towards these gay men and I loved the secondary characters, most notably Lady Frances the cat.

Having said that, the ending was way too abrupt and the characters didn't truly stand out somehow (except when Bell confronting his mother). In fact, in the future, the one thing I would truly remember about this book was the fact that Chris made artisanal, organic, hand-waxed wooden dildos and Bell made an Etsy shop to sell them online ^^.

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review 2016-09-08 11:57
A Good Vintage
A Good Vintage - Ashlyn Kane

No, this was the part where Mal broke Luke down into tiny component pieces and put him back together different. When this was over, Luke didn’t know who he’d be. Just that he’d be Mal’s, maybe forever. And even though the thought terrified him, he couldn’t stop it. Didn’t want to.


I absolutely loved American Love Songs by this author, but then I read True North and I didn't like it and was kind of disappointed. Then came A Good Vintage and I didn't know what to expect and I was kind of dreading more disappointment. But I needn't have worried because this book hit the spot!

When Luke was 19, he left home and started working in a vineyard in Napa in order to earn enough money for his first year's college tuition. There he met Mal (then 28 years old), whose wife has recently died from cancer. There was chemistry between them and over several weeks they grew closer, but nothing ever happened because Luke picked up and left before it could.

Fast-forward eight years. Luke is a man who relationship-vise made one bad decision after another. He claims he's a poor judge of character, but I got the impression it was more like self-sabotage. His father was abusive, especially toward Luke, seemingly for no reason, and no matter how much Luke resented and even hated his father, he couldn't help feeling as if every beating and abusive word were somehow deserved, so naturally he doesn't deserve a boyfriend who's not a deadbeat like his father in one way or another.

When he catches his live-in boyfriend whoring out in their bed for money he needs to cover his gambling debts, Luke packs his bags and goes to his older brother, Val. Val sends him to a vineyard/b&b to relax, but 'forgets' to mention it's the same vineyard Luke worked at the summer he was 19, with it's name changed. There, Luke meets Mal again. The chemistry is still there and the book follows them learning to be in a relationship - Luke in the first relationship with a man he actually trusts, Mal in the first relationship since his wife died. They are learning to trust each other and to communicate, and along the way you fall in love with them too.

What bothered me about this book is how many of the plot points remained unresolved -

How did Jo's tests go? What about Gabriela? What about Luke's real father?

(spoiler show)

These are mostly minor events (or treated as such), but it's the stuff I wanted to know, because I loved the side-characters too. Also, the book ends with a HFN ending and I would really love to know weather the HFN turns into a HEA at some point.

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review 2016-04-26 00:00
Winging It
Winging It - Ashlyn Kane,Morgan James Currently having a run of bad luck in books.... Luckily, not with [b:Winging It|24656282|Winging It|Ashlyn Kane|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1422015344s/24656282.jpg|44270191]. This was so good image. To think that I read the sample and wasn't hooked. To think that I almost gave up once Gabe was going to have sex with some random friend (which ends before it even starts because he was cock-blocked, thankfully. Just because I don't like to read sex scenes involving one of the MC and some random guy that isn't the other MC).


This story is about hockey, with a sweet romance on it. I get that some readers are not happy about it, since they probably want a romance with hockey as setting. I can only be grateful to the authors that they did their research and really went to and thru the games, and practice and after-parties and all that involves the sport. I like hockey although I am no expert. But I was into the games and I was excited when the guys had one game in Anaheim, since there is where I attended my first hockey play (and besides, Gabe and Dante take the opportunity to visit Disneyland, so double yay).

The book has the perfect length to get to know the characters well enough (although I still wanted a few more pages, but anyway). It was hard at first knowing who was who, there are a lot of nicknames and foreign last names, and there is even a moment where Gabe was with Baller in his room and on the next sentence it was Dante (note: Dante is Baller). So yeah, the switch of names, without a warning, left me like huh?, a couple of times.

There are a couple of good female characters, like Trish and the Coach. I love that, that the Coach was a woman. Who said women don't understand anything about sports? I call it BS.

The romance was really sweet, without being saccharine at all. So Gabe is not out, until his stupid ex outs him and of course there is a bit of homophobia, even inside the locker. Nothing too difficult, and eventually the bigot one regrets his actions and is an ally to Gabe and then, to the couple. The press and audience are another thing. Still, Dante supports him 100% and eventually, he can't stop thinking about Gabe and they become lovers. I am a bit disappointed that the story was told from Gabe's POV, I would have loved to know Dante's thoughts about them and how he realized he has other feelings for Gabe and if he had any struggles -which I don't think he did. He was pretty straightforward and honest and confident-. As it was, their relationship progressed normally and without much complications, taking aside a couple of times where Gabe had his doubts about whether Dante was serious about them and if he wouldn't have second thoughts or be bored after some time.

I would have liked if Gabe had a bit more self-confidence, but since he was forcefully outed and had never had a relationship before, I get it. Dante, being just 20-21, is more mature than Gabe (who is 25) and speaks his mind, leaving out all the BS and insecurities, thank Heavens! He takes charge of pretty much everything: the first move to sleep together, the moving out together, the ring, the confession... gawd, Gabe was so clueless; he needed constant instructions and reassurance. I loved to read how they went from friends to lovers and from lovers to having a strong, steady relationship. No complications there; just two guys banging each other, then having the support of their teammates, then facing together the pressure of fans and questions of the press, then living together and having a cat together (how cute!). Their steamy times were very hot and not many, which made me appreciate the few we have even more <3<br/>
The thing about trade was a bit depressing, but hey, it is sport and even in football is the same thing. I finally understand now what the A means (alternate captain). And the author suggests at the end of the book (which, sadly, ends around 92-93%) to watch the video of Mike Cammalleri, which unfortunately I couldn't find :( Now I want more (mm) romances with hockey players <3<br/>
Lovely and realistic, I am very satisfied with this cute, hot romance.
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