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review 2017-05-16 08:03
Hold on
Lost Love: A Second Chance Romance (Only Him Series Book 2) - Casey C Nicole N Cleveland C

This is the 2nd book in the Only Him series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and clear of spoilers, I always recommend reading series stories in order intended.

 

Derek has come home to work out why he cannot move on with his love life.  When he left years ago, it was an impulse and he was racked with pain from rejection.  Coming back is either brave or stupid, but he needs to know.

 

Gio has no idea what to expect.  He has not seen Derek since that time so long ago.  He too, has been struggling with moving on.  Can they get it right this time?  Or is the pain of the past just the foreshadowing of the future?

 

These two so obviously belong together.  They can't even keep their hands or mouths to themselves!  It is a fine addition to the series.  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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review 2017-04-29 17:52
Review: "Olive Juice" by TJ Klune
Olive Juice - T.J. Klune

"One thing that they don't tell you is that fires can't burn bright forever."

 

 

All the reviews for this book are like "OMG, I'm a blubbering mess." and "OMG, don't read any spoilers.".

 

So yeah, you REALLY shouldn't read any spoilers and just go along for the ride.

 

But there are two things that I just want to point out anyway:

 

1. TJ Klune has always been a great writer, but he outdid himself with this one. The writing quality is excellent, and given the heaviness of the story, it was beautiful, tasteful and one of the best-written books I've ever read.

 

2. Since everyone is recommending to avoid spoilers at any costs and go in blindly, I still feel like this book could have used a trigger warning, given the main target of M/M readers:

 

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

 

Trigger warning: abduction of a family member, with no final conclusion or explanation to the disappearance or the whereabouts

(spoiler show)

 

So while a romance this is NOT, the writing and the revelation of bits of information a little at a time totally worked for me. This has been one of the darkest and most depressing books I've ever read. But I'm glad that I did, because not everything in life is just rainbows, kittens and sunshine.

 

Oh, and just to be clear: there's a tentative HFN, so this can still be considered as a romance. Though just barely.

 

Thanks to Elsbeth and Cinna MMon for the BR.

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review 2017-03-22 18:36
Review: "Role Play" (Play, #1) by Morticia Knight
Role Play - Morticia Knight

"I love you, Phil, Sir, all of the yous."

Phil chuckled against the side of his neck then inhaled as if taking some of Terry inside of him. "I love all of the yous too."

 

Trigger warning: the title refers to a consensual rape scene between a master and his sub!

 

Well, wasn't this a nice little find. Of course, the premise was more than a little silly: three years ago, Phil abruptly left Terry because of a job. He basically dumped him without a proper explanation or good-bye. Now, Phil is back and tries to rekindle things with Terry. They agree to go out for lunch, where Phil confesses to Terry that during his absence he discovered that he's a Dom and into the BDSM lifestyle. And while Terry had never wasted much thought on BDSM at all, he immediately jumps head first into the role of Phil's sub only a few hours later. Um, sure. Ok. Whatevs.

 

 

But once I accepted that premise (or better: once I've put on my pink glasses) and decided to just roll with the story, it turned out to be actually really good.

 

 

The writing was more than just a little decent, it was actually surprisingly good and fresh. That and the author did a really nice job explaining the BDSM 101 basics.

 

The final chapter, which culminates in the title's role play scene, was really well explained and executed. While Terry's dark rape fantasy didn't bother me (probably because I saw how much effort Phil has put into it to make it satisfying for both Terry AND himself), it might still be a little too much for some readers, maybe even upsetting. So mind my trigger warning!

 

I recommend this book to people who never read a BDSM story before and want to dip their toes into this genre. You'll be rewarded with two flawed, but likable MCs, a respectful D/s relationship, and a second chance story with a lot of love. Oh, and did I mention that it was also HAWT?

 

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text 2017-02-01 23:05
Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue $1,99
Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found - Meg Donohue

As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan uses a combination of empathy, insight, and humor to help patients cope with the anguish of losing their beloved four-legged friends. Though she has a gift for guiding others through difficult situations, Maggie has major troubles of her own that threaten the success of her counseling practice and her volunteer work with a dog rescue organization.

 

Everything changes when a distraught woman shows up at Maggie’s office and claims that her dog has been stolen. Searching the streets of San Francisco for the missing pooch, Maggie finds herself entangled in a mystery that forces her to finally face her biggest fear-and to open her heart to new love.

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review 2016-08-25 19:19
Review: "WANT" by Kade Boehme
WANT - Kade Boehme

"I got a little dirty for this one."

~Kade Boehme~

 

 

Yeah, well, no shit!

 

The pros:

 

  • Cover LOVE! *drools on Kindle*

 

 

  • Two heavily muscled alpha hunks, one of them a mechanic.

 

 

  • Greasy, filthy, dirty, dirty, DIRTY sex.

 

 

  • A flawless epilogue.

 

 

 

(spoiler show)

 

The cons:

 

  • NONCOMMUNICATION GALORE! The MCs could have gotten together on page 1, if only they would have opened their mouths and TALKED. But then we would have missed out on the scorching hot angry sex scenes (see: The pros). So...

 

 

  • THE EDITING! Now as far as I know, Kade Boehme accidentally uploaded a draft version to Amazon. Mistakes happen, no biggie. He immediately corrected his mistake and uploaded the correct version, but at the time of this review (which is 3 months after the release!), my downloaded version was still full of editing issues. And I'm not only talking about missing or misspelled words, but also huge plot holes! Like an ex-boyfriend who suddenly appeared out of nowhere, or a wedding that was supposed to happen "tomorrow", but didn't until three days later. I would love to reread the correct version one day, and maybe I might upgrade my rating then, because the story was definitely worth more than 3 stars. But the editing in its current state was really frustrating and distracting, and it dragged my enjoyment of the story down. Which is a real shame.

 

 

 

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