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review 2018-09-01 18:26
Aubrey was a bit in-yer-face!
Rocked Hard - Morticia Knight
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Jumping straight in here! For the most part, really did enjoy this book by Ms Knight. I've read a lot of her BDSM books and really enjoy the way she spins her tales, so was intrigued to see how this would work. It works, really well apart from one major issue I struggled with. Aubrey, himself. He is so totally in-yer-face, right from the start, with how much he cares for Bryan, loves him, even and I found him too much too soon. Granted, he doesn't let it all out to Bryan early, but WE get it. We get how much he wanted Bryan to write his memoirs. How much it was ONLY Bryan he wanted to write them, so he could get up close and personal with Bryan. And he does get up close and personal, very VERY quickly. Aubrey and Bryan's relationship moves at rocket speed, partly because of Aubrey's in-yer-face-ness, and partly because Bryan is also a rocket launcher as far as Aubrey is concerned, and I did struggle to keep up with them! I didn't get just what Chuck was doing, and why, til it all came out in the book. I knew it was be bad, but I wasn't expecting that. I did like how it took a single line from a song Aubrey wrote, to make Bryan see how much he really did love Aubrey, and he would forgive him pretty much anything. Aubrey in-yer-face aside, I really did enjoy this. It's well told from both man's point of view, so we get all of Aubrey, but also all of Bryan and the internal wrangling he does about his feelings for Aubrey, both as his rock star idol, but also Aubrey the MAN. Because Bryan hasn't been with a man before and it's a huge shock to him to feel this way. But I liked that, while it WAS a shock, Bryan just ran with it, thinking, what the heck and let's see where this takes us. So, all in all, a great read, just pipped off those 5 star because of the in-yer-face-ness. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-05-15 19:12
A very VERY fitting end!
Sin and Tonic (Sinners #6) - Rhys Ford
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. And breathe! Deep breath, it's just a review, Debbie, you can do it! So! This is book 6 in the Sinners series and I would recommend that you at least read Sinners Gin (book 1) and Absinthe of Malice (book 5) before you read this one. You need to know about Miki and Kane from the beginning since this is the conclusion to their story. Actually, I take that back. Read them ALL, please! Not least because they are 4 and 5 stars reads from me, but because you need these boys in your life, you really do! Miki is falling apart, and someone is trying to kill him. He finds out his mother's and then his father's name, and all hell breaks loose! It's been a while (Dec 2016) since I read book 5 and I don't reread, but once I got going, it all comes back to you. Ford spins her tales like no other, and I LOVE her work. It just grabs you, and pulls you kicking and screaming, along for the very bumpy ride that Miki and Kane take you on! I loved that Miki was finally able to ask for help, because that was a hard fought battle with himself. I loved that he was calling Donal (Kane's father) Dad. oh! I just LOVED IT!!! Loved that I did not see who might be responsible for everything, until it was revealed in the book. Ford has a way of keeping you on your toes! Very VERY emotional in places, a little bit messy what with dead bodies and things, but so, so bloody awesome! I can't say much, cos of spoilers and things but read it! Read them ALL!! It's always sad, coming to the end of a MUCH loved series, but I *think* this actually might be my favourite of the whole series. And of course I want to LISTEN to this, because I really don't hear the voices right, and I NEEEEEEED Tristan James and the Morgan/Finnegan boys and girls in my ear one more time. So, a very VERY fitting end, and I LOVED the epilogue! And I love love LOVED that Miki was finally able to share Kane a little with the world, more specifically, how much Kane means to him. A Song For Kane So throw back the gates of hell, Pull me down the path I'd walked. Find me in the darkness, No matter if I balk. Sing me a son of redemption, Sing me a ballad of love and bliss. Remind of the Heaven, I found in our first kiss. Bravo, Ms Ford. 5 full and shiny stars but really, it deserves far more! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-04-05 17:41
delicious, sexy read!
Scorch - H. J. Welch
I was gifted my copy of this book, that I write a review was not required, however, I found this review written up on my desk when I cleared it off, so here it is! Faced with the end of his boy band career, 23yr old Blake runs home to his family, only to find his parents have signed him up to an internet reality show. Elion happens to have had a crush on Blake since school. When the film crew following Blake blow an innocent encounter into something massive, Blake finds himself with Elion as a boyfriend. What starts off as a fictitious relationship rapidly turns into a real one for both young men. But someone doesn't want Blake to have Elion and both men could be in grave danger. How I can file a book on the "crime/thriller" shelf AND the "too stinking cute" shelf is beyond my current comprehensive, but when a book tells me that's where it needs to be, who am I to argue! The crime bit comes from the stalker/superfan who has targeted Blake as the object of their affections. I did see that one coming at me a mile off, though, and it's great to watch my ideas unfolding correctly. Ms Welch knows how to keep you on your toes, and even if I did see who it was, I did NOT see it going down like that! And the too stinking cute bit is the way Elion and Blake develop their relationship. Because, yes, in the beginning, it was all for show, it very quickly became something else for both of them. Something very REAL. And I loved watching that happen! A very delicious, steamy, sexy read. 5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-10-13 11:23
oh! I LOVED this one!!
Unbroken Hearts - K-lee Klein
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. My apologies to Ms Klein, this should have been a Release day review, but that darn dayjob got in the way! And a little warning. I may gush in this review :-) So, this is book two, and you really REALLY MUST read book one, Unbreak My Heart before you jump into this one. Some may say not totally necessary but I say it is. And you'll need a box of tissues for that read! While this one doesn't carry emotions that cause your heart to break into a million tiny pieces, get stomped on, and glued back together in the slowest way, it DOES carry a lotta love. Like so much love, its not funny! Like so much love my sister would say "pass the bucket!" JT and Brett have been together a couple months and are very much in love. But they are both still dealing with the past. What this book is about, is them dealing with that past in ways only JT and Brett can. AND IT IS GLORIOUS! I read this book in one sitting. Stayed up way past my bedtime. Was not present at the dayjob next day. I just could not put it down! It is, by far, the most too stinking cute AND warm and fuzzies book I've read for a long time. I mean, its hilarious watching JT work himself up into a tizzy about Valentines Day. Watching them deal with Mama and Halloween, and Christmas. It is painful reading about Brett dealing that darn barn, but that pain is overshadowed by the LOVE that jumps off every page, it really is. I LISTENED to the first book. I am praying to every deity known to man, and then some, that the powers that be will get this book narrated once again by Nick J Russo. Because while I loved reading this book, I could hear Russo in my head but the voices were all wrong. So, I'm a-praying. Its so very rare we get a follow up story to one that was such a heart wrenching read. Brett and JT fought hard to get their act together and reading this, over the course of their year, was amazing, and I really REALLY loved it. But I just gotta say, even though this book was perfect, and Brett already said he wasn't the kind for pieces of paper to say how much he loved the kid, I wanted a marriage proposal! Had there been a wedding?? I'd never have been able to find the right words! An amazing 5 star read!! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-23 14:34
something didn't quite work for me
Play Chopin for Me - Max Vos,A. J. Corza Play Chopin for Me - Max Vos,A. J. Corza
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. Dale's home and restaurant are destroyed by fire. Turning up at his sister's house in his boxers and a raincoat give Chrissie the opportunity to finally give Dale the make over she has longed to give him. Al's roommate leave, and he needs a new one to meet rent. Dale and Al come together, and neither expected what it would lead to. *insert sigh* *insert another, deeper sigh* I wanted to love this, I really did. But for a couple of reasons, I didn't. I did not connect, at any level, with either Dale or Al. I don't know why, and it always pains me when I am unable to voice what I need to say. Pains me deeply. Especially when this is a new to me author and I get to meet him later this year! I found there was a great deal of dialogue, and the gaps between were few. What there was in the gaps, though, was good! I liked the connection between Al's father and Dale's solicitors father. I did not like what Al's grandmother did!! I did like the way it came out though, just not the depths she went to to get what she wanted. Oh, wait. I take my non-connection back. I DID feel for Al, when all was revealed. I even shed a tear for him. I loved how, one way or another, Dale, Al and Chrissie all ended up in Paris, at the same time! Cute, that. Really cute. So all in all, a good book, but for ME, not a great one. 3 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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