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review 2019-03-18 21:09
Book Review for Order by Kindle Alexander Tattoos and Ties #2
Order - Kindle Alexander
 
 
 
Title: Order
Series: Tattoos and Ties #2
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M MC Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
Arc copy Provided for honest review
5 stars from us
One of Our favorite M/M author

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
“... full of emotion that guides a journey that will tug at your heartstrings. I loved every word and look forward to more from this crew of characters that only Kindle Alexander can create” ~Amazon Review


 

“This is a fast-paced book with action, adventure, a little mystery, and a whole lotta hot loving.” ~Amazon Review


 

“Their chemistry set my ereader on fire, and the HEA ending left me cheering so loud…” ~Amazon Review
 
Assistant District Attorney Alec Pierce wants a future with the sexy, tough-talking biker who came to his rescue six months ago. But when evidence capable of destroying his future comes to light, Alec sets a plan in motion to keep the man he loves from a district attorney bent on vengeance.
 
Will Alec’s efforts pay off or will he destroy them both in the process?
 
As a Disciples of Havoc member, Keyes Dixon rides the line between society’s moral code and that of his brothers. He straddles two worlds… One owns him and the other seduces him with the promise of a future. But when a rush to judgment has him swerving to miss the roadblocks suddenly in his lane, he’ll have to choose between the club that demands his loyalty and the gorgeous assistant district attorney who deserves his commitment.
 
Can Keyes escape his circumstances to take a chance on a future he wants?
 
Six months into what started as a one-night stand, both men must navigate their developing feelings as they remain bound by differing oaths that threaten to drive them apart. Not only does their future hang in the balance of opposing forces, but an unexpected strike of the gavel could send them on a collision course neither is prepared for.
 
Will havoc continue to determine their lives or is their love strong enough to bring order?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Let's start off by saying that this is a new author for us and we really enjoyed our second read by them as we really loved how opposites attract and both Alex and Key were perfect for one another and some would say they found their perfect soul mate. 
 
I really enjoyed this story as it revolved around a couple who were highly attracted to one another but, completely different in more ways than one. I however, loved that none of this seem to matter to either of them especially Alec who was currently acting a a DA in there current town.I loved how Alex was willing to make some major life changing sacrifices to keep Alex in his life and his bed.
 
Alec and Key had amazing chemistry some would say explosive even both neither knowing how to come to terms with such attraction or how they were feeling but, something definitely worth exploring.And exploring they did as they were truly meant for one another no matter the differences between them things heated up in their relationship even more this time around.Hot ! Hot ! Hot! and Hotter!
 
Alec is a rich boy,and attorney at law and super sexy and attracted to bad boys.We found him to be,handsome,sexy,hot,compassionate,caring,had a sense of humor, smart and was understanding and patient and had a clever mind.Alec was so adorable and we just loved him and applauded him for all the sacrifices her made for the love of his life.
"He was to cute !"
 
I loved Alec from the onset in the story as Alec was one of those down to earth kind of guys.I loved that even though he was rich and his home and possessions showed that he never flaunted his wealth or acted superior because of that fact and never made Key feel inferior because of his upbringing or blue collar ways.I really loved Alec's sense of humor he made me laugh constantly throughout the story.
 
Key was one sexy hot man! I loved him from the onset of the story too! I loved that bad boy vibe he had going on those sexy muscles,that he was a little socially awkward but, overall just a great guy who needed the right person to bring him out of his shell.Being a gay and a biker and having a non excepting father of your sexuality didn't help his self esteem but, that is something Alec is changing for him by just being with him as Alec see's the good in him and always makes him feel at ease when they are together.Our heart bleed time and time again for Key and all his uncertainty and doubts about his self worth all the time he was amazing it was just a shame he never saw what others saw in him.God he was one hot delectable hottie that made a girls mouth water!
 
This story was hot hot hot! I thought that Alec and Key made a great couple and I love how they were when they were together and their chemistry was off the charts.I loved those super sexy love scenes in and out of bed as they were super hot and I loved how carefree they were with each other when they were together .
 
I loved the story it was sweet and made you laugh had some club drama and suspense and had amazing characters for us to fall in love with.This was one of those romance reads that made you feel good and we were rooting for this couple to fall in love and make it work even with all those outside complications they are going to have to address sooner or later.
 
Overall we loved this continuing tale of Alec and Key.Alec turned out to be my favorite character this time around  because we loved how he never stopped fighting for him and Key and their love & relationship and also their future.I loved all the little changes and gifts and gestures he made on Key's  behalf proving to him that he was in this for the long haul and working toward a future that include marriage and kids and a home etc he just needed to convince Key he deserved to be happy and no obstacle would stand in their way to achieve that.
 
I have to say Alec and Key have moved up on my list of my favorite same sex couples for 2019. I really really loved them together as a couple and will continue rooting for them to find their happily ever after because these two truly belong together.I was engaged and engrossed  in the story from the onset and remained that way to the very end.This one goes into the keeper pile to read time and time again.
 
We are really loving this authors stories and so looking forward too getting caught up on her already published reads as well as her new releases.
 
 
Recommended read to all who love M and M romance reads!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!
 
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it's true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women's hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life - I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations - regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.
 
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died - weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.
 
That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
 
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness - it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
 
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.
 
Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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review 2018-05-22 22:10
Stardust (Circus Macabre #1) by Kristen Strassel
Stardust - Kristen Strassel

A lesbian romance with a paranormal twist. The magic in this story is very specific to the heroines and works well together. There is some sex, but it is early in the romantic aspect (they have been friends and grew up together since they were kids) so there is some awkwardness and fumbling around. Although the enemy of this story is taken care of completely, there is the 'bigger conspiracy at play' ending to lead into book two. There wasn't anything I was interested in reading more of, so this is where I leave the series.

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review 2018-03-13 11:30
A delightful read, full of great characters, inspiring, and heart-warming. Also recommended to dog lovers!
When the Stars Sang - Caren J. Werlinger

I write this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, check here if you want to get your book reviewed) and thank her and the author for the ARC copy of the book, which I freely chose to review.

I occasionally read romance novels although I am not their number one fan, but there was something about this book that called my attention from the very beginning. I am always attracted towards stories that are set in special locations (real or imagined) and the description of the island definitely fitted the bill for me. And, in this case, first impressions were right.  I loved the story and the place, and I wish it existed and I could be a part of the community in Little Sister.

The story is narrated in the third person from the point of view of two female characters, Kathleen, who returns to Little Island as an adult (after a traumatic breakup with her on-and-off girlfriend of 14 years), and goes to live to the house of her recently deceased grandmother (although she had not been back there since she was a child due to a very traumatic event), and Molly, the island’s sheriff, and also a handywoman, who loves restoring and repairing boats, but can set her hand at anything that needs repairing (even a broken heart). Although they are suspicious of each other at first, it is clear that they are meant for each other, but, as we all know, the path of true love never does run smooth, and there are a number of obstacles on their way, some of their own making, but others to do with childhood trauma, dysfunctional family relationships, and a past that refuses to be buried. If you are a big fan of romances, LGBT or otherwise, you do not need to worry. Although I won’t discuss the ending to avoid spoilers; I think you’ll be happy with it.

The author creates realistic characters we care for, and not only the protagonists. While Kathleen and Molly can be stubborn and blind at times (and even annoying, but ultimately likeable), there is a full catalogue of fabulous secondary characters, including Molly’s family (her wonderful parents, and her brothers, including Aidan, who is an integral part of the incident that made everything change for Kathleen), sisters Olivia and Louisa (who always carry the ashes of their father with them), Rebecca, the librarian and depository of the island’s traditions, and many more. Oh, and let’s not forget Blossom, a stray dog adopted by Kathleen (well, the adoption is mutual), that is both a totally realistic dog and a fantastic and heart-warming character.

There is lovely food, a variety of ceremonies and traditions, a strong sense of community [including matrilineal heritage that reminded me of the book The Kingdom of Women by Choo Wai Hong (you can read my review here)], secrets, deception, ecology and renewable energy, and plenty of love, not only between the two women, but between all the members of the community. The sense of belonging and the healing and growth of the characters is intrinsically linked to the way of life in this island that mixes Irish folklore and beliefs with Native-American (First Ones) ones. Werlinger creates a beautiful setting, both in its landscape and spirituality. Readers feel a part of this wonderful community, and I, for one, was sorry to come to the end of the book and would love to live in such a place.

The writing ebbs and flows, allowing readers to enjoy the descriptions of the island, its inhabitants, their actions and also their mental processes, although I did not find it slow and I was hooked to the story and the feeling of becoming one with the inhabitants of the place. As a writer, I easily empathised with Kathleen, who is an editor and also creates book covers, and I enjoyed the fact that female and male characters are diverse, are not restricted to standard gender roles, and the attitude of the islanders towards same-sex love is open and unquestioning. There are certain necessary characteristics that make a relationship truly compatible, but gender is not one of them.

As readers, we share the thoughts and experiences of the main characters although the third person narration also gives us enough distance to be able to make our own minds up. There are some surprises, some quasi-magical elements, some light and fun moments, but there are also nasty characters (although these are always outsiders), and intuition and family connections are very important. As for the love story, there are some sexual elements, but not a full-blown graphic description of events, and I found it rather delicate and in good taste (and I am not a fan of erotica).

I wanted to share a few things I highlighted:

Normally, those messages would have torn at Kathleen’s heart. But she wasn’t sure she had a hart any longer. She tapped her chest, half expecting it to sound hollow, like the Tin Man.

“It should be a mix. None of us is just one thing, complete in and of ourselves. We are the island, and the island is us.”

“That is not how it works. Love that has to be deserved or earned was never love to begin with.”

A joyful read, which I recommend to readers who enjoy books set in special locations, who appreciate a strong sense of community and belonging, and love solid characters. There are ups and downs, happy and sad events, although it is not a book for lovers of adventures and frantically paced novels. This is a contemplative and inspiring book, heart-warming and positive. If you need a pick-me-up, this is your book.

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review 2018-01-21 21:18
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner,Courtney Milan

The Siege of Yorktown 1781. Colonel Hamilton has his army in place and is just obliterating the small town while awaiting for reinforcements. Two of the stories arise from the battlefield; the third is tied to the descendant of someone at Yorktown. They share their stories in letters and interviews with Eliza Hamilton as she writes her husband's biography after his death (roughly in the late 1810s and early 1820s).

 

Promised Land by Rose Lerner - 4 stars

Rachel faked her death to run away from her marriage and towards Washington's army. She meets up with her husband (one of Washington's spies) at Yorktown. I love a good "can this marriage be saved?" trope in historical romance and this one delivered. Both MCs are Jewish and the story really shined with the choice to have the MCs be of a religious minority; certain scenes that depicted how the Jews dealt with Jewish law and customs while also serving in the military were used to deepen their relationship. I thought the one sex scene was shoe-horned in and didn't add to the story, but by the time it happened I was already rooting for Rachel and Nathanial's HEA. This was my first time reading Lerner, but it won't be my last.

 

The Pursuit of.....(Worth Saga) by Courtney Milan - 4 stars

This novella falls third (or maybe #2.5) in the Worth Saga series, but you don't have to read the first two books to understand what is going on in this story. John Hunter is an ex-slave (ran away from his master, then returned to rescue his sister and mother) living in Rhode Island when the call for black men to enlist in Washington's army comes with an entitlement to freedom papers after the war. John's sister is married to enslaved man, so to keep her man at home while also earning his brother's freedom papers, John enlists in his stead. At Yorktown, he meets British Lt Henry Latham (see post from last week). John helps Henry escape from the British army; in return, Henry accompanies John on his way back to Rhode Island and his family. I love road trips, although this one is longer due to being on foot. There is stinky cheese, the sexual politics and morality of slavery, plus actual courting after John is reunited with his family and Henry goes back to Britain. I loved John and Henry, and seeing them as older men (thirty or so years after the HEA) was a real treat. The Milan magic is in full force here.

 

That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole - 4 stars

This novella ties into another of Cole's stand alone novellas, Be Not Afraid (from the anthology For Love and Liberty). In this novella, Andromeda Stiel (granddaughter of Elijah and Kate Sutton from Be Not Afraid) visits The Grange in her grandfather's place to give his story of serving under Hamilton (both in New York and Yorktown) to Eliza. It is at The Grange that Andromeda meets Mercy Alston, the maid and secretary for Eliza. I finally get a Boston marriage-style HEA! This is the shortest of the stories, as there is no military action or duties to add to the story. It also has a mostly fade to black sex scene.

 

I gave a half star more because of the authors' notes found in the back of the book. The authors tell the readers where they got their inspiration (each acknowledged Lin-Manual Miranda and his show) and historical research, plus what drove them to put the project together in the first place.

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review 2017-07-25 17:49
Review: The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray
The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (Dreamspun Desires Book 14) - Kate McMurray

It was a decent, if lackluster category romance. The title is misleading; Archimedes Katsaros is most assuredly not a tycoon, hence his marriage to Ondrej in order to prop up his family business. The marriage of convenience trope in contemporary romance is hard to get right, and this book doesn't really make itself an exception.

 

Archimedes Katsaros inherited a failing real estate firm after the death of his father eight months ago. Although Archie has worked at the firm for a number of years prior to his father's death, the state of the financial mess was a surprise to Archie (who has an MBA from NYU). Seems Archie wasn't paying that close of attention to what Dad was investing in; I mean, a NYC real estate firm is pretty easy to make money from. Turns out Dad had invested a lot, and therefore lost a shit ton, of money in Greek banking and real estate. Archie isn't much better at being a businessman himself.

 

Enter the rescue party, in the form of a summer intern from the Czech Republic named Ondrej. Ondrej's work visa is running out and he hasn't found "suitable" employment after his internship was over. Ondrej did not look hard enough nor really gave much thought to actively look for work; he was living on inherited money he invested and was happy to spend his days at his leisure. However, since he wasn't employed, he needed a way to stay in the country. So a marriage to Archie was devised, allowing him to apply for a green card and in return, give Archie needed funds to keep the company afloat.

 

There was a lot of sex and a lot of inner monologues about feelings and the possibility of being caught as green card marriage frauds. A lot of repetition, a lot of keeping up appearances as wealthy men so as to attract new money/business, but really no chemistry. I think there was more chemistry with Archie and the new stadium deal than with Ondrej. Ondrej was sweet and smart but LAZY as hell; Archie was to afraid of looking bad to make good business sense. The ending was fine; I like the vow renewal ceremony and party as a way of saying "fuck you" to the immigration office who decided their case HAD TO BE investigated NO MATTER WHAT. But this story wasn't anything special.

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