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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).

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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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review 2015-07-01 00:00
American Love Songs
American Love Songs - Ashlyn Kane BR with Karlijn and Elsbeth

2.5 stars


I have no idea what happened here. I was under the impression this re-read was going to be good. I gave the book 4 stars the first time I read it. Had to be good, right?

Not so much the second time. I was pretty bored and wanted more romance than this book provided. When I was halfway through I just started skimming.

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Jake and his band need a new guitarist and when Parker walks up to them to ask directions but ends up auditioning, the problem is solved.

Jake and Parker become roommates and close friends. Then their band gets signed by a major record company and they become famous pretty fast.

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Jake has never kept the fact he is gay a secret, but he doesn’t know if Parker is gay, so he doesn’t know what to do with his attraction to his shy friend.

Where I first thought Jake was funny, I now found him quite annoying. And the angst was a bit too artificial for my taste.

Parker turns Jake down because he feels Jake is not sincere and pretty much a slut. I never felt that way so it came as a bit of a surprise to me that this was what was keeping these two apart. And the fact that Jake had to prove himself to Parker didn’t sit well with me.

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All the smexy times are at the end. By that time I wasn't that interested anymore...

Overall, a disappointment.
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review 2015-04-08 16:56
Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James – Winging It
Winging It - Ashlyn Kane,Morgan James

Reviewer: Victoria

Genre: M/M Sport

 

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.

Source: heartsonfirereviews.com/review-ashlyn-kane-and-morgan-james-winging-it
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