logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: contemporary-romance
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-12-10 16:33
Another Shot (Heartsville) by J.H. Knight Review
Another Shot - J.H. Knight

The town of Heartsville means something different to everyone who lives there. For Aaron Forester, it’s a gay-friendly buffer between himself and the rest of the world. After being outed in high school and bullied to the point of violence, his family uprooted their lives and relocated to the small hamlet. He’s moved on from all that and now owns a popular café in the bustling shopping district. But after twenty years of happy living, Aaron’s past creeps up on him in the most unexpected way. 

Brad Collins only has one regret and he’s carried it with him since he was a teenager. When he moves to Heartsville and gets set up on a blind date with the most adorable, engaging man he’s met in a long time, he couldn’t be happier. But Brad didn’t expect the guy to be the person he outed in high school—whom he’s now falling in love with. 

Aaron and Brad hit it off instantly—in and out of the bedroom. But after a long overdue apology and a small serving of resentment, is their fledgling relationship worth another shot? 

Review

 

Hmmm. The blurb does give everything away but I don't mind that because it keeps the story low angst.

 

This is a decent read and the most interesting thing about it is the idea why we are cruel when we are young.

 

The romance is lack luster because the book kind of ends when the real relationship would begin.

 

Still a great setting and cast.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-12-09 03:33
The Straight Boyfriend (Loving You, #3) by Renae Kaye Review
The Straight Boyfriend (Loving You Book 3) - Renae Kaye

 

Aaron Hall has never been able to remain faithful to a single woman, and for most of his life, he’s dated two women at once. Recently his girlfriend tracked him down and knocked on his door—and his live-in girlfriend answered. Now he has no girlfriend and a mortgage he can’t pay by himself.

Vinnie Rosello needs to change his life—get a better job, stop drinking all his money away, find himself a serious boyfriend… and move out of his parents’ house. Aaron needs help with his expenses, so they become housemates.

Even though Aaron harbors some misconceptions about gay men and Vinnie misses his large Italian family, both men find comfort in their friendship. It’s a good arrangement until everything between them changes.

Vinnie falls in love with Aaron, and Aaron is shocked to realize he feels the same. There’s only one problem—he’s still straight. He’ll have to overcome his fear of labels in order to love the man who’s captured his heart.

 

Review

I have lots of conflicting feelings about this one. There are a number of pros.

 

We get to seeing Jay and Liam who are in the first book in this series and who I adore. They are wonderful here. The whole circle of friends are great.

 

Vinnie's family is wonderful and it is a great look at a non traditional family from a child of one's perspective. I love how much a part of his family Vinnie is and who much they love him.

 

Aaron has a great family as well though we see less of them and he is a all around great guy.

 

The banter, friendship and love between Vinnie and Aaron is great. Christmas is very well done. 

 

Rene Kaye is thinking a lot about the spectrum of sexualities in this book Aaron though slowing in love with Vinnie and sexaully attracted to him identifies as straight. He is not attract to any other men but Vinnie and is attracted to women from porn to really life.

Vinnie is a gold star gay having never been with a woman or been interested.

 

Part of this romance is achey because Vinnie just makes himself so vulnerable as he flat out loves Aaron and will take what he can get. As you can imagine, it takes Aaron a while to get his head around where he is at with Vinnie.

 

I believe in their HEA (though I am a bit confused but something in the epilogue though I think it just means they married and had a child way down the road) and this speaks to good writing on Kaye's part.

 

But like the first book in the series, I wanted a little more. I wanted more exploration of Aaron's habit of dating two women at the same time beyond a high sex drive or if that was it, I wanted more time devoted to talking about it than we get.

 

I wanted more thinking inside the book on the range of sexualities and more time with them after they become an out couple.

 

I read that there was a lot of grrrrrr about this book and author antics. I can see why. If I didn't like the first book in the series so much, I wouldn't have picked it up and wouldn't advice anyone to do so without having read the other books. 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-12-06 15:36
Review: Record of Wrongs (Redemption County #1) by Sharon Kay (DNF)
Record of Wrongs - Sharon Kay
Record of Wrongs

Redemption County #1
Sharon Kay
Contemporary Romance
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
August 1st 2017
Paperback
282
Won a Copy

 

Do your past mistakes define you forever?

 

Cruz Zaffino leaves prison after a serving a decade for a crime he didn’t commit. With his life all over the internet, there’s nowhere he can go to avoid his illicit past. Involved with one of Chicago’s toughest gangs, he made enemies bent on ruining everything he has. Nowhere is beyond their reach.

 

Every day, Rosie Marlow lives with the scars from the worst mistake of her life. It’s the one secret she has in her tiny, gossip-fueled town. When Cruz walks into her bar, covered in tattoos and dangerous attitude, she’s captivated. His rough sexuality makes her melt, and his harsh experience calls to her own broken soul. But her story is private and buried so deep, she’s never had the strength to share it.

 

She’s the unexpected light to his darkness, yet he knows she’s hiding something. Sultry summer nights in each other’s arms weaken her resistance and taunt her with the idea of forever. But as his adversaries draw close, can she love him enough to let him go?

 

Goodreads

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

 

 

I very much love Ms. Kay’s Paranormal Romance series, Solsti Prophecy and the spin-off Watcher’s Kiss and so when I won a copy of Record of Wrongs I decided to give her Contemporary Romance a try. For those that know me not many CR’s win me over. It’s a hard sell for me.

 

I started reading and just couldn’t get into the story or characters. Cruz’s description made him sound sexy; especially with his tattoos. I love tattoos on my heroes, but I wasn’t feeling anything for him. Rosie I couldn’t get a read on her. What is her deal? Unfortunately nothing was catching my interesting. The setting was boring. The characters, uh and so I’m putting this one down.

 

Record of Wrongs was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you. 

 

DNF: Pg. 47

 

Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!

 

 

Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (Con) | New To Me (Series) | New Release (2017)

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

Facebook Twitter Google+   

 

 
Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/12/review-record-of-wrongs-redemption-county-1-by-sharon-kay-dnf
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-12-03 19:51
One Small Thing Kindle Edition by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O'Shea Review
One Small Thing - Piper Vaughn O'Shea,Finn Sterling

Daddy” is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he’d have sex with a woman either. Now he’s the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn’t have time for babies, but he can’t give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he’s running out of options. He’s on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.

Erik Van Nuys is a sci-fi novelist with anxiety issues to spare. He doesn’t like people in general, and he likes babies even less. Still, with his royalties dwindling, he could use the extra cash. Reluctantly, he takes on the role of manny—and even more reluctantly, he finds himself falling for Alice and her flamboyant father.

Rue and Erik are as different as two people can be, and Alice is the unlikeliest of babies, but Rue has never been happier than when Alice and Erik are by his side. At least, not until he receives an offer that puts all his dreams within reach and he’s forced to choose: the future he’s always wanted, or the family he thought he never did.

 

Review

 

I loved this feel good romance with hidden depths. I adored the premise.

 

Rue is a wonderful hero. He works hard and loves his baby. He is fun and loving. This is book is a compelling look at single parenthood particularly with an infant.

 

I like romance novels that balance family life and friendship with the love story. One Small Thing does this well.

 

Erik is a great hero too who blooms as he falls in love and friendship.

 

I love the nerd aspect and the becoming friends and then lovers as well as the acceptance of each hero exactly how he is.

 

I wanted more time after they got together and after the first major couple crisis I honestly wanted more sexy times as well but what I got was very good and I know I will see more of this family in the next book in the series.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-12-03 17:01
A feel-good story without the over exaggerated drama...
Until It Fades - K.A. Tucker

 

Book Title:  Until It Fades

Author:  KA Tucker

Narration:  Shayna Thibodeaux

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Balsam, Pennsylvania

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

Add to Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  4.3/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

This starts out feeling like it's one of those books about a student/teacher relationship…but it's not that at all.  This is about the ugly side of that, and the aftermath.  Ultimately, I really fell for these characters, I found myself rooting for the fairytale ending for Catherine and her daughter.   For all the serious issues it deals with, it's actually low on angst.  Yeah, it has insta-love, but it's also super sweet too, and I liked it. 

 

Will I read more from this Author  She is one of my favorites…so, yeah!

 

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?