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review 2017-06-17 14:25
Where We Left Off
Where We Left Off - Roan Parrish

I told him about Will. By the time I got to the part where Will had kissed me and then left for New York the next day, Skinny Jeans was shaking his head.


“Tell me you didn’t. Tell me you didn’t pull a full-on Felicity and come to school in New York to follow this Will guy.”

“Dude, Felicity?”

“Felicity’s my jam! Whatever, don’t judge me.”



And like Felicity, Leo’s journey is one of recognizing that love isn’t like a movie.  That reality may not always work out the way you think.  That the path may be difficult but it’s worth it.


I knew Milton was joking about me acting like I was in a rom-com, running to confess my love before the plane could take off or whatever. But it hit a little too close to Will’s comments about me being a romantic for comfort. My only relationship experience was from books, movies, and TV, so of course I had absorbed that stuff. And maybe when I’d first gotten here my hopes for me and Will had kind of skewed in that direction. But I was pretty sure that recently I’d—what? Grown out of it? Or, just seen that there were a lot of ways for relationships to go. A lot of ways that romance could look different.


And this one is no doubt different.  This is not your typical romance.  Not your typical swoonfest with exclamations of love and candlelit dinners.  But this felt real to me.  And there are conversations throughout this book…whether they are with Layne, or Milton, Daniel or Rex that are such a captivating exploration into relationship dynamics and understanding people that it made some of what happened with this couple work. 


Like all of Roan’s books, her characters are so well developed and complex.  Nothing is ever what it really appears on the surface and diving further into understanding what makes a relationship between two people work is always an intriguing journey. This book especially. And while this has some heartbreaking scenes, seeing both characters grow and evolve with the other just worked for me.


One afternoon when the subway got delayed on my way up to Will’s apartment it hit me with a startling clarity. This was the problem with scripting romances in your head. When someone doesn’t hit the beats, you expect of them you have no idea what their actual behavior means. Will had tried to tell me. So had Gretchen. Even Layne, in her way, had told me. That this was what being a romantic looked like: paying more attention to your own expectations than to the very real person in front of you.


Now is this book for everyone? Maybe not.  But I have to say. I have never felt a book needed a narration like I feel this one does.  Will and Leo both are very different and I am sure many want to smack Will around and beat his head in…but I never got there with him.  He was never a character that I felt wasn’t blunt about where things stood.  Will needed a voice.  He needs to be heard to be understood.  And Spencer Goss’ narration does that.  Spencer brings these characters to life.  Makes them real.  And for some reason with this book, it is needed more than ever.  Will’s heart is missing from this book, I think, if you only read the words presented on paper and Spencer gives it to you.  


As I stated above, this is not your typical romance but it is a love that I am certain will last.  Is it tied up with your typical HEA bow?? No, because that is not this couple.  But do I think they have the HEA?  I do. I really do.


I am so glad I took a chance on this book.  While I had not read the blurb or any reviews, I have heard rumblings of dis-satisfaction.  What a shame.  I’m in awe again over the characters, the writing and the relationships that Roan brings forth on the page. I eagerly await more...*cough cough Milton* and hopefully another narration with Spencer.  This pairing knows how to tell a story. 



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review 2017-03-27 15:50
Five-Sided Heart
Five-Sided Heart - Max MacGowan

A fivesome…



I have to say…I went in thinking this would just be one big orgy…that I would be laughing at how insane this was…I mean…5 men!!  But wow! I am rather blown away by the fact that this relationship of 5 not only worked for me but that the sexual interactions between these men was just as wonderful.  Just sweet and loving and that these men met at the same time just made it all the more perfect.


These boys were just wild and beautiful and exactly what each other needed.



“No one’s ever tamed them,” Joshua said next to his ear. “No one would ever try. They’re beautiful just as they are.”


One of the many aspects I loved was not only how these men interacted as a group but how they interacted with each other. The private moments between two of them where they could support each other in different ways was just beautiful.



And add to that the scenes where they could sense who was coming up behind them, either by the sound of their footsteps or their smell, they began to know one another in an entirely different way.


For me this one lost its stride in the conclusion. The last 15% fell for me.  From the timing of the “three weeks” to the construction aspects, I was left a little deflated and wished we had gotten a stronger epilogue.  But I would love to revisit these boys again and only hope we get more of them in the future. I feel there is still much to explore where they are concerned.


Definitely a surprise and one that is worth the MMMMM journey. 


Special thanks to my own fivesome for this fantastic BR. 

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review 2016-12-08 18:44
Into You
Into You - Jay Northcote

He couldn’t think of anything better than a happy ever after with his best friend.



And if they ever need to remake Freaky Friday again...please let it be THIS version!!! What a perfect Disney adaptation this would be.  This was sweet and sexy and just an absolutely beautiful story.  These two were just off the charts adorable.



I have to admit a body switch love story seemed like it would be awkward as hell, but Jay absolutely nailed this.  There was no awkwardness at all, only the rediscovery of the love between two soul mates. 


This was everything he’d wanted since he was old enough to understand his feelings. It was so much more than a crush, and even though it might be too early to say it out loud, he knew he loved Scott. This wasn’t Shakespeare’s version of love in Romeo and Juliet—the temporary insanity of new passion. Olly always suspected that Romeo and Juliet might never have lasted, anyway. They were virtual strangers who never had a chance to get to know each other. With him and Scott, it was the real thing. Something deeper, based on knowing a person’s soul and not just appreciating the body that housed it.


I can't wait to read this one again and again. 


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text 2016-10-28 15:14
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Broken Pieces - Riley Hart

“We might be broken in so many ways, but together, we’re whole.” 





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text 2016-10-27 23:25
Reading progress update: I've read 91%.
Broken Pieces - Riley Hart

When Mateo wrapped his arms around Tristan, he realized Tristan wasn’t just slack against him anymore... they were holding each other up. His eyes stung. His gut ached. Bile rose in his throat. And fuck if his heart wasn’t somehow matching Tristan’s beat.


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