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review 2016-09-10 14:08
Sometimes love finds you when you least expect it...
Rented Heart - Garrett Leigh

'Rented Hearts' started out good for me. I was enjoying it. I can't say I was over the moon but it was sweet. Liam's lonely. He's still mourning the loss of the man he thought he'd spend the rest of his life with, but he's also still alive, still young and like any red blooded man he's got needs and that's where Zac comes into the story.

 

Zac's a hooker, rent boy, use whatever descriptive works for you here. He first approaches Liam outside of a club and Liam likes what Zac's offering. He's lonely and Zac's offering him some no strings attached fun...well, no strings but it turns out there's still a price to be paid after all a man's got to feed himself doesn't he? It's with little more than a moments hesitation that Liam agrees to Zac's price and conditions, after all it's just a one time deal...right? And then Liam's going back to his life and Zac gets to carry on with his. Problem is neither man can seem to stop thinking about the other.

 

I liked that Liam and Zac's relationship didn't change magically over night. Liam realized that he enjoyed Zac's company and so he continued the their transactions but for him...Zac was never a hooker and for Zac...Liam was never 'just another john' but it still took time for both of these men to come to terms with their feelings and to acknowledge that what they wanted from each other was a relationship that wasn't based on an exchange of money.

 

It took a misunderstanding and nearly losing Zac to make Liam see a live without Zac wasn't a life he wanted to live. It was somewhere during the shift in Zac and Liam's relationship that I realized their story had gone beyond just a sweet romance for me. I wanted Liam and Zac together. I needed to see Zac get his happily ever after. His life had sucked, kicked out onto the streets when he was just fifteen, forced to work as a hooker to try and support himself, his only friend Jamie a drug addict but still the only person who'd ever had his back and whom he felt he owed the world. I needed Zac to get a bit of happiness and who better to do that than Liam. Sweet, kind, lonely Liam. A man who'd known love but had it taken from him unexpectedly. A man who still had so much love to give.

 

I wanted a story with a fairy tale ending and while there were no fairy godmothers waving their wands here and there was a bit of predictability to some of the events leading up to the ending. I loved ever minute of it. I loved that in the end Liam had Zac to love and Zac was more than willing to love him back. Sometimes a little happily ever after really is good for the soul.

 

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An ARC of 'Rented Hearts' was graciously provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-01-05 23:40
More sugary sweet goodness
A Christmas Memory 2 (Memories) - Max Vos,All Indie Publishing,K. C. Wells,A. J. Corza

I can't believe how sweet this series by Max Vos is. After reading his dirty, raunchy anthology, this is a very different kind of crack. But he did it well. I might have liked this a little better than the first one, simply because it was more than an "insta-love at Christmas" story. In addition to homophobic coworkers and ex-girlfriends, there is Thad, the homeless young man from JJ's school, Adam's mum and her future, AND a new member of the family.

 

It had a little more depth, of course with a lot of sugar on top, but it really made me smile. Because mostly, it told a story about how family should always stick together and have each others back, especially when push comes to shove.

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review 2016-01-05 23:34
Geeeee, all the sugar...
A Christmas Memory - Max Vos

 

Melted sugar on top of syrupy sugar, garnished with sugar sprinkles.



Well, this was so unbelievably sweet, it still makes my teeth ache. J.J. is absolutely not interested in the holidays or the holiday spirit. Along comes Couch Sutton, who secretly had his eyes on him for years, and his whole Christmas is turned upside down.

It was way sweeter than what I'm used to from Max Vos, but as always he also delivered in the steam department. So it was cute, sexy and had the right holdiay spirit. But since I'm half Grinch, I'll give it 3 stars - because too much sugar makes me grumpy - and I have to say, some of the typos and little errors here and there put a damper on my enjoyment.

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review 2015-12-01 00:00
Cabin Nights
Cabin Nights - Ashley John

3.5 Holiday Stars


I'm feeling a little bit likr the Grinch right now, because most of the Christmas stories I've read so far didn't do a lot for me.

This one wasn't exactly an exception. Ben has this confused & lost puppy feeling to him, that made him kind of adorable, but also a tiny little bit annoying. Cal on the other hand is an easy-going good guy who comes literally from the back of the woods. Add a cozy little cabin and a lot of snow, and vòila! Here comes Cabin Nights. It's a cute story, extra sweet, with enough steam and an unusual epilogue.

I liked it, I really did. It was easy, it was heart-warming in a way, and it had all the ingredients a Christmas Story needs. And yet... I don't know. I wasn't really touched, it didn't grab me or pulled me in all the way. I definitely didn't start humming Christmas carols while reading. It was a good book, just didn't rock my world.

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review 2015-11-29 00:00
Scrum
Scrum - P.D. Singer

Sweet, good on the sports facts, but otherwise kind of... forgettable. Literally. I completely forgot I read this already while looking at in the kindly store. It took me another review to realize which story it was and when I read it.

So, yeah. Nice, and after reading about the characters again, I rembered the story. But the fact that I forgot the MCs and their story in the first place? Not impressing. So, that would be 2 stars. Okay, but nothing more.

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