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review 2017-05-16 17:01
Arc Review: It's Me Again, Baby (O'Connor Family #3) by Katie Reus
It's Me Again, Baby (O'Connor Family Series Book 3) - Katie Reus

*** 3.5 stars ***

Katie Reus is the queen of the second chances trope. She’s got that down to a science and this book only reinforced that thought for me.

Samantha and Maguire parted ways a while ago because of a misunderstanding but neither got over the other one. Now that they finally got a chance to talk things over they’re giving their relationship another chance.

The narrative of the story was fast-paced and so was the romance however it was still well told. Throw in the dynamics of one of my favorite fictional towns (not to mention some super hot sex scenes) and you have a nice, fun read. I didn’t like the ending much as I thought it was too rushed and expected but other than that it was an enjoyable read.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2017-03-05 18:23
Review: "Fast Connection" (Cyberlove, #2) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Fast Connection - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

"She shook her head. "He seems like he's the opposite of simple."

I snorted. He's completely complicated. And lost. And frustrating. But we do something for each other." I intertwined my fingers. "We fit. We need each other."

 

The first book in this series, Strong Signal, was already close to perfection for me. But this? THIS WAS GODDAMNED EVERYTHING. I really don't think you can write a better story about imperfect characters with realistic problems and reasonable motivations and actions.

 

This book reminded again why the "fuck buddies-to-lovers" trope is such a favorite of mine. I just LOVE the concept of "lust first, feelings later". When what was supposed to be just a casual hookup with no strings attached becomes a regular arrangement, then feelings (oh, those damn feelings) are beginning to sneak their way in, slowly but unavoidably. With jealousy, possessiveness and all. Ugh, so good.

 

 

Usually, once the MCs got together in my books, I lose interest. Very quickly, very thoroughly. Sure, it's nice to see how they manage their everyday life (family, friends, work) now that they're in a new relationship, but I already know that life is hard and complicated and I don't want to read about it. It unnerves me.

 

But that wasn't the case here. Not at all. I loved the first part of the story (the "getting together" part) just as much as the second part (the "handling RL together" part). The sex scenes in the first half were nothing but smoking HAWT (not really a big shocker if you're familiar with these authors' other works), and the (multiple) family dramas in the second half were realistic and believable. And thankfully not too angsty.

 

 

I can't really say anything more or add anything else that hasn't been said already in other reviews. This was a solid 5 star-book for me, it goes onto my "favorites" shelf and I can't recommend it highly enough.

 

"Named a Best Romance of the Year by The Washington Post"? Well, consider me NOT surprised. Absolutely rightful and deserved.

 

Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell, I salute you.

 

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review 2017-03-02 18:43
Review: "Strong Signal" (Cyberlove, #1) by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Strong Signal - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

"What did scare me was the possibility of Kai not wanting me in person. Of him realizing how stoic I could be. How I tended to hold things close to the vest. How overprotective and paranoid I got sometimes. When he realized that I'd fallen in love with him via the Internet while across the world."

 

Well, wasn't this just bloody lovely.

 

When I started this book for the first time a couple of months ago, I kinda lost interest and put it down (it wasn't you, book, it was me). But today, I know the reason why:

 

The universe was trying to tell me to wait for the audiobook.

 

Because it was AMAZING. Big A, Big MAZING.

 

This was my first audiobook with dual narrators, and Guy Locke and Eric London where just perfect for their respective roles. They absolutely nailed it. I think I'm spoiled rotten for all future audiobooks to come.

 

 

Sometimes in my reviews I provide a plot recap, but I think at this point, almost everyone and their mothers have read this book already: Twitch streamer twink with social anxiety builds an online friendship (later relationship) with a muscled soldier hunk who's stationed overseas in Afghanistan. Great premise, very imaginative and unique, 10 out of 10.

 

 

One thing that I just absolutely LOVED in this book was the fact that Kai and Garrett didn’t just jump right into "filthy webcam sessions" (blurb's words, not mine), but they took their sweet time to get to know each other. To comfort each other. To TALK to each other. OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL MONTHS! Two gay guys who actually talk first before jumping into bed, now imagine that. But don't you fret my dears, there are still enough shameless dirty scenes later on where they are getting their absolute freak on. With a lot of hot dirty talk, I might add.

 

 

I only subtract half a star because I liked the first half of the book better than the second one. Once the guys meet in RL, the story dragged a little for me.

 

But it was a great story nonetheless, one that felt real and somehow still magical at the same time.

„Or was it because…in the billions of people on this shitty planet that I’d never be able to meet in person, the Internet had handed me one person who seemed to be absolutely perfect for me?“

 

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review 2017-01-07 05:55
Review 4/5 stars: Lethal Game (Red Stone Security #15) by Katie Reus
Lethal Game (Red Stone Security Series Book 15) - Katie Reus

Although it’s always exciting to come back to this world, this time my homecoming was bittersweet since it’s the last book in the series. Regardless, I was happy to see how it all wrapped up nicely in this story. I’ve like all books in the series for the most part but I feel this story in particular encompasses the best what every romantic suspense lover has to have in a story: heart-pounding action, suspense, a thrilling plot, relentless heroines, assertive heroes, and of course, romance.

Isa and Grayson became estranged after she discovered he’d lied to her about who he was and the real reason he approached her. She now wants nothing to do with him, even if her heart is screaming that she’s still in love with him. Unfortunately for her, Grayson is back in her life and will do everything in his power to convince her they belong together but he only has one week to do it. As the week progressed, they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives and for the love they share. Meanwhile, Isa’s friend Emerson and her long-time pal Carlito, decide that it’s well past time to move from just friends to something more. All while trying to escape from some serious hostage situation.

Being that it's a romantic suspense I knew there was going to be a HEA but that didn't take away from the suspense and nail-biting moments. What’s more, the fact that there is more than one romantic sub-plot didn’t detract from the main characters either, if anything it just added to the drama. As an added bonus we get a glimpse of what’s been going on with other characters from the series making me feel as if it was a farewell to the security team in the form of an epilogue. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense then the complete series is the right read for you.

*** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2016-12-30 16:49
Review: "Connection Error" (#gaymers, #3) by Annabeth Albert
Connection Error - Annabeth Albert

"God bless naked Twister."

Hooyah! I am bursting with joy right now. What better way to end the year than with a 5-star read?

 

 

It's impossible to write a proper review without giving away any spoilers. I went into this book with only the information from the blurb and without having read any reviews and I highly recommend that you do the same!

 

This is one of those cases where it definitely pays out to go into a book blindly, because there was a HUGE twist/revelation quite early in the story (chapter 2, at 9% on my Kindle) which dominated the rest of the book. I can only imagine that the author didn't want to give this information away in the blurb so that the reader can take this journey together with the MC Josiah from the beginning. AND IT WORKED! I was totally taken aback when I got to that point.

 

 

What I can tell you though is that I loved the way the two MCs Josiah and Ryan have been written and how their relationship progressed oh so ever slowly and full of banter, sexual innuendos and emails. I just LOVED how Josiah didn't hold back his attraction towards Ryan from the very first moment they've met and how he slowly but surely tore down Ryan's walls and made him see that it's OK to not just give, but also accept comfort from other people. This truly was hurt/comfort at its best.

 

The - in romance novels unavoidable - relationship conflict towards the end was surprisingly and refreshingly realistic and absolutely convincing. It was the natural climax the story was building up to from the start, and it was resolved just perfectly. I was SO relieved that it wasn't just one of those big misunderstanding arguments (ugh!) or - even worse! - another "I'm not good enough for you, so I'm breaking up with you." (UGH!) BS moment.

 

 

Connection Error can definitely be read as a standalone; you don't need to read the first two books from that series to understand what's going on. But I recommend that you do, because I liked those stories just as well. But this one turned out to be my favorite of the series so far.

 

 

One last shout-out to Sean Crisden for giving another outstanding audiobook performance. If you get the chance, you should listen to the audiobook because it took an already great book and made it even more perfect.

 

 

Highly, highly recommended! And thanks to Marte for the BR!

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