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review 2018-05-12 01:11
Starling (Love in Los Angeles #1) by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese 3.5 Star Review!
Starling - Racheline Maltese,Erin McRae

Hollywood's newest star, 21-year-old J. Alex Cook never wanted to be famous, he just wanted to get out of Indiana. When he hooks up with Paul, a writer on a hit TV show, Alex is thrown into a web of relationships involving friends, lovers, and everything in between. 

Forced to figure out what it means to live -- and love -- in the public eye, Alex's quest to find his own happily ever after will make you believe love is possible... even in Los Angeles.

Please be aware, this is a high-heat, high-angst romance and includes characters with a past history of self-harm.

 

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We get a hard earned Happily for Now in this romance about two heroes who have a great deal of emotionial unrepressing to do. 

It is a compelling read as the heroes struggle with fame and ambitions and creativity and inexperience in many aspects of their lives.

The age gap is handled with depth. There is a separation which off putting while reading a romance as the heroes get together with other people, it reads true to character and the story.

The writing... in some ways it is great but in others the tone is too removed for me. I feel like I am looking through a peephole at times because of the shut down emotions or swallowed ones anyway and lack of self awareness or rich conversations of the heroes. Not my favorite.

I will check out other books in the series as these writers explore some complex ideas about friendship and love.
 
 

 

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text 2018-04-02 12:46
Tips To Select the Best Los Angeles Luxury Rehab

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The Luxury Rehab should offer natural and organic healing plans. Most of the rehab centers offer alternative prescription medicines to treat the patients of addiction. But the organic treatment offered by Los Angeles Luxury Rehab helps the patients to fight with addiction and also be spiritually and mentally cleansed.

The treatment plans in the luxury rehab should be customized for individual needs of different patients.

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review 2018-03-12 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Off Campus Set-Up
 
 
Title: Off-Campus Setup
Author: Maria Vickers
Genre: M/M College Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Levi Cox left it all behind to go to school in California, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers when he gets there. Between the university screwing up his living arrangements, the weird meddling old woman who runs the boarding house, and the fellow student who instantly catches his eye, life in Cali is more than he expected, and he isn’t sure he’s ready for any of it. College was supposed to be an adventure, but this might be more than Levi can handle. 
 
Nathan Orion wants to have fun. That’s what he lives for and it's exactly what his college years are supposed to be about. He’s happy with living the single life and being carefree…that is until the new student at his grandmother’s boarding house crashes into his life. Now he’s been recruited to show the new guy around, and if Nathan has his way, it won't be just on-campus.
 
Will there be more, or is this only an illusion? Two men thrown together, not expecting anything, but possibly finding so much more than an off-campus setup.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“This book was very enjoyable!” - Under Covers Book Blog
 
“Such a fantastic book!” - Goodreads Review
 
“If you love M/M stories, you will love this one.” - Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prologue
 
Levi
 
I remembered everything very clearly. The first time we met, our first kiss, the first time we were discovered in the same bed by a nosey grandmother with bright yellow hair, and then the fallout when I realized everything was nothing more than a wishful fantasy that was never supposed to come true. 
 
And now I as scanned this room to make sure nothing got left behind, I realized how much I’d changed and how far I’d come. My imaginary world exploded, leaving me shell shocked and pissed off. 
 
This wasn’t the first time I’d fallen prey to feelings, wasn’t the first time I’d been hurt, but it would be the last. 
 
I took a step out of the room and closed the door behind me. This part of my life was now over, and a new one had just begun. 
 
 
***
 
Nathan
 
Life as I knew it had disappeared. Poof. Gone without a trace. And any other of those sayings people tended to overuse. 
 
It was my own fault really. I should have expected it, should have seen it coming, but I hadn’t. And now everything had changed. Good or bad. I didn’t know yet. Should I be thanking her or blaming her? Both maybe? 
 
As I closed the door on the small space I’d called my bedroom for the past few years, I realized for the first time I didn’t know what I was going to do or what would happen tomorrow…and oddly enough, that thrilled me.
 
 
 
 
 
Off-Campus SetupOff-Campus Setup by Maria Vickers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Levi is finally getting to pursue his dream. He has arrived at college with a plan. Until he finds he may not be able to live where he thought. Now he has to hurry or go back home.

Nathan knows it is time to grow up. He has not looked forward to living the life his parents have chosen. He wants to choose his future. When he and Levi crash into one another it is a jaw dropping, eye opener. Will the secrets come out and change the course?

Sweet and tender, this story starts out slow and picks up steam. These characters are learning to become the young adults they know they can be. What they find is they can be stronger as a team. Navigating emotions are always hard, it helps to have someone in your corner.




***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing and after she became disabled in 2010, she decided to use writing as her escape. She believes that life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances.
 
From a young age, she has always loved books and even dreamed of being an author when she was younger. Growing up in the Navy, she used to weave tales for her siblings and her friends about anything and everything. And when she wasn't creating her own stories, she had a book in her hand. They transported her to another world. She hopes that with her books, her readers have the same experience and that they can relate to her characters. 
 
Getting sick changed her life forever, but it also opened doors for her that she thought would always be out of reach.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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text 2018-03-01 15:20
February - Black History Month Reads #readsoullit
His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) - Brenda Jackson
Thuggz Valentine (Wahida Clark & David Weaver Presents) - Wahida Clark
Rumors - A.C. Arthur
Revealed (The Rumors Series, Book 2) - A.C. Arthur
Taming Her Billionaire (Knights of Los Angeles) - Yahrah St. John
Games Women Play - Zaire Crown
Her Secret Life - Tiffany L. Warren
Down by Law (Throwback Diaries) - Ni-Ni Simone
Way Too Much Drama (Kimani Tru) - Earl Sewell
Real As It Gets (Rumor Central) - ReShonda Tate Billingsley

I had a wonderful reading month in February. I read 11 books! I haven't read eleven books in one month in ages. I decided to participate with fellow bookstagrammers and read only black books this month. Here are my ratings;

 

 

4 stars

 

His Secret Son by Brenda Jackson

 

Thuggz Valentine by Wahida Clark

 

Revealed by A.C. Arthur

 

Games Women Play by Zaire Crown

 

Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren

 

Way Too Much Drama by Earl Sewell

 

Real As It Gets by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

 

 

3 Stars

 

Rumors by A.C. Arthur

 

Taming Her Billionaire by Yahrah St. John

 

Down by Law by Ni-Ni Simone

 

 

All these books I requested from the publishers at Netgalley.com in exchange for review.

 

 

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review 2017-09-25 07:35
Again
STILL (Grip Book 2) - Kennedy Ryan

This is the 2nd book in the GRIP series.  This series is a spin off to the acclaimed Soul series by the same author.  I recommend reading these titles in order to avoid spoilers and enjoy the series for what it is.

 

Marlon AKA Grip & Bristol's story continues in this heartfelt novel of love and all that it colors in your life.  It took him eight years to convince Bristol to give him a chance he has no intention of blowing.  All around him there are factors at work trying to sabotage the relationship he has finally won.

 

Bristol feels like she is on a learning curve.  There is so much about Grip's life she is still adapting to.  She does not want to give him any regrets for choosing her.  Only there is so much coming neither of them is prepared for.......

 

This was truly an emotional read.  With such a beautiful story, even the words are very poetic and I find myself wishing I had them set to music that I could listen to.  Like the other books in this amazing series - it slowly takes a hold of your heart and squeezes.  These are characters that will live on in my heart for a good long while.  I sure hope to see more of these deep and interesting characters.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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