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review 2018-01-18 08:39
Release Day Blitz - A Way With You

TitleA Way with You
Series: A Way With, Book 2
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Amazon
Release Date: January 18, 2018
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 30K
Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Humor, Office Romance, New York City

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Reeve Nelson is determined to make it in Manhattan. He’s hardworking, dedicated and willing to put in the extra hours required to be successful at his new job at a prestigious real estate firm in the city. There’s no way he’s going back to small-town living and an ex-girlfriend who won’t let go. But his boss isn’t making it easy. 
Leo Rodriguez enjoys his reputation as a ruthless businessman. He’s a lone wolf who’s scraped his way from the gutter to rebuild his life and launch a distinguished career on his terms. When an opportunity to expand in the market comes up, Leo wants the eager new agent with a sense of wonder on the project. But nothing goes quite as planned. Reeve expected to be intimidated and overwhelmed by Leo, however, the explosive mutual attraction and fierce desire between them is a big surprise. Neither man is looking for love and yet, something special just might happen if they can find their way…together.





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Yeah, this was my idea but I wasn’t prepared to be this close to Leo again. His mere presence overwhelmed me. He smelled so good. I wanted to bury my nose in the collar of his button-down shirt and just…breathe. I told myself Leo was a regular guy like every other guy here, but truthfully, he wasn’t the least bit ordinary. Even in executive chic, Leo turned more heads than the shirtless bartenders. And when he smiled at the young man next to me who offered him his stool, he added another admirer to his list.
I’d never been around anyone who changed the temperature in a room simply by entering it the way he did. It wasn’t his appearance either. His height and sharp sense of style might garner a second glance, but his true appeal was innate. It was in the way he spoke and moved. He didn’t mince words or waste time. He was concise and direct and acted with purpose. I got the impression Leo Rodriguez had a reason for everything he did, including wanting to meet with me.
Leo perched on the vacated stool and then hooked his thumb at me when I didn’t reply. “He’ll have a martini too.”
“No. I mean, yes. But with olives, please. No onions.” I thanked the bartender then swiveled to face Leo, accidentally bumping his knee.
I muttered a quick apology and cautioned myself to pull it together. Leo wasn’t my boss anymore, for fuck’s sake. I just wished he didn’t make me so anxious.
Commence the nervous chatter.
“Onions? No one orders onions,” I snorted. “And vodka-soaked onions are especially gross.”
Leo’s lip curled on one side like a pirate. “When was the last time you had a vodka-soaked onion?”
“Uh…well, never,” I admitted with a frown. “But it sounds gross.”
“Chocolate covered scorpions and braised frog legs are gross. Onions aren’t in the same zip code.”
I made a face and shivered. “Have you actually eaten those things?”
“Yeah, and actually, they’re not so bad. Chocolate hides the taste of anything, even insects, and frog legs taste like chicken. But you never know unless you try.”
“No thanks.”
Leo tsked playfully. “You have big opinions, a big mouth, and a hot temper, Nelson. No wonder I like you.” He nodded his thanks when the bartender delivered our cocktails then raised his glass in a mock toast. “To onions.”
“We sure as fuck ain’t drinkin’ to olives,” he quipped.
I chuckled at his comedic expression then sipped my martini while I wracked my brain for a non-confrontational topic of conversation to stall the inevitable one.
“What do you have against olives?” Weak. But it was better than nothing, and Leo seemed willing to play along.
“Nothing. It’s a texture thing. I don’t eat them if I can help it but I love olive oil. And tapenade is cool as long as those little suckers are chopped really fine. Otherwise, olives are a hard pass for me. Everyone has a food like that. What’s yours?”
“Kidney beans,” I replied quickly. “I like them in chili but not in salad. I have a great recipe for spicy chili that requires multiple glasses of water on standby. My grandmother made it when we were kids and”—I stopped to take a gulp of my drink before braving a look his way—“I’m sorry. You make me nervous.”
“Why, Reeve?” he purred, leaning into his elbow on the bar next to mine. “Is it because of last night?”



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A Way with YouA Way with You by Lane Hayes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is book #9, in the Memories With The Breakfast Club series in the Kindle Worlds. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.

Reeve applies for his dream job in the city. Then his boss makes him offer he has to refuse. To make matters even worse, the attraction between them intensifies. You just cannot be intimate with your boss.

Leo has been hurt so much in the past. He has so many walls up. Each day it seems like Reeve is breaking them down one by one. Can he trust that his heart is telling him the truth?

This was such an amazing story. There is so much to it. The characters are both strong. The banter is set at a nice quick pace. This was a great addition to this series. It was exciting to read the character development and see the conclusion come together. This book was a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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

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Meet the Author:



Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.


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review 2018-01-17 11:01
Memories with The Breakfast Club: A Way with You (Kindle Worlds) - Lane Hayes

This is book #9, in the Memories With The Breakfast Club series in the Kindle Worlds.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.


Reeve applies for his dream job in the city.  Then his boss makes him offer he has to refuse.  To make matters even worse, the attraction between them intensifies.  You just cannot be intimate with your boss.  


Leo has been hurt so much in the past.  He has so many walls up.  Each day it seems like Reeve is breaking them down one by one.  Can he trust that his heart is telling him the truth?


This was such an amazing story.  There is so much to it.  The characters are both strong.  The banter is set at a nice quick pace.  This was a great addition to this series.  It was exciting to read the character development and see the conclusion come together.  This book was a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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review 2017-06-21 00:00
Memories with The Breakfast Club: Hot Date (Kindle Worlds Novella)
Memories with The Breakfast Club: Hot Date (Kindle Worlds Novella) - Felice Stevens Review originally posted at Sinfully.

4.5 stars

Hot Date is a short story that catches us up with Nick and Julian from [b:Beyond the Surface|25529001|Beyond the Surface (The Breakfast Club, #1)|Felice Stevens|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1438087734s/25529001.jpg|45316695]. It’s part of Felice Stevens’ Memories with The Breakfast Club Kindle World – stories by different authors that are spun off from her books in the Memories and Breakfast Club series. While this one will work best for fans of Julian and Nick, you could also pick it up and jump into it as a story of an established couple hitting some bumps. Necessary background is given for new readers, but fans will recognize all the other players in the story.

It’s been two years since the couple first reconnected and now they are married and still very much in love. With Julian’s business taking off again and him working all the time, Nick is starting to worry whether Julian has regrets about settling down with him. Nick still has some insecurities about his scars, but this isn’t the same old Nick we first met and he is determined to work through things and make sure Julian is happy. If only he could have Julian’s attention all to himself for the time it takes. Julian loves Nick, but he is also thrilled his business is taking off. He has a feeling something is bothering Nick and feels him pulling away, but Julian can’t seem to figure out what’s wrong. Thankfully their friends Zach and Marcus have no issues stepping in to help these two find their way.

For a short story we get an awful lot. It’s much more than just the hot date the blurb suggests. It’s actually a story about these two working their way back to each other when life keeps trying to pull them away. Having both Julian’s and Nick’s points of view makes it clear that they just need to air a couple of issues and to get some alone time together to reconnect. I struggled with Nick somewhat in Beyond the Surface, but here he had me with him from the start.I was surprised that I got emotional over Nick’s worrying. He is really trying, recognizing the issue and seeking help, even if he is finding it hard to communicate directly to Julian about what is bothering him. Julian loves and wants Nick as much as he ever did, but is clueless at how much Nick is missing him and how much he is distracted by work. Luckily, his best friend Marcus is glad to bluntly tell him what’s what.

So that was the emotional, but not angsty, part of the story. Don’t worry, there is still the hot date and hot sex that the title and blurb refer to. Julian and Nick have great chemistry and I love their banter. Their sex is fun and it was great to see them letting go and getting dirty with each other.

A must read for fans of Nick and Julian and a recommended read if you like stories about established couples working their way back to the passion and romance that started it all.

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review 2017-06-17 20:56
The Breakfast Club meets…a twisty murder plot???
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus



Book Title:  One of Us is Lying

Author:  Karen M McManus

Narration:  Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus, & Robbie Daymond

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, YA

Setting:  Bayview High- Bayview, CA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)



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My Thoughts


An ingenious take on one of my all-time favorite movies, The Breakfast Club.  Reconstructed and varied with a twisty murder plot.  Each of the original players are represented from the princess all the way to basketcase…but they're changed up a quite a bit. 


While listening to One of Us is Lying, I thought I had a fairly good idea of who actually killed Simon.  In part, my theories were right, but ultimately, I significantly missed the mark with this one, so props to the Author.


This is a bonus as an audiobook because each of the four main characters has a separate person narrating.  So, I wholeheartedly recommend Audio for this book.



Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope!


Will I read more from this Author?  I definitely would.


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review 2016-07-27 00:00
The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club (A Luna Bay novel)
The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club (A Luna Bay novel) - Lynsey James description

This was an enjoyable little read for the most part (super cute cover also).

After having the day from Hell, Emily Reed heads to Luna Bay to learn more about her biological father and land Sunflower Cottage B&B as a client. Upon arriving she literally runs into Noah Hartley and the sparks start to fly...

"Emily, have you ever heard of a thing called “relaxing”? It’s something people do sometimes instead of working or ruining breakfasts. Come on, I’ve got some making up to do for being a complete dick to you."

I wasn't completely sold on the the hero and heroine to begin with. Emily came across as an uptight workaholic, that at the ripe old age of 25 was wearing her hair in a severe bun and sporting pant suits with shoulder pads. SHOULDER PADS people! I wasn't aware that they even STILL made jackets with shoulder pads...Noah, he just came across as a complete arse. He was ridiculously rude to Emily to start and unfortunately I found his character to be rather bland for the entirety of the book. Luckly, both of them started to grow on me and as they worked together and grew closer, their characters became much more palatable (mostly Emily).


Where this lost a couple stars for me was the constant badgering of Emily to move to Luna Bay. Noah straight up said he wasn't going to leave, and no one NOT EVEN ONCE suggested MAYBE he should move to Glasgow to be with Emily. OH NO, everyone and their brother expected Emily to leave her family, friends and really good job, to just hang around and run Sunflower Cottage. This annoyed the EVER-LOVING-HELL out of me. If Noah, or ANYONE had at least mentioned his moving as a possibility it wouldn't have been an issue. It's never brought up though. Everyone just expects Emily to drop everything...sigh.

The other thing that I found odd was Noah's mother. She painted out to be "sinister" or like "Maleficent" yet other than fall off the wagon once (she is an alcoholic) she does NOTHING to earn that label. I'm honestly not even sure what her point in the story was? Lastly, this ended WAY too abruptly and I needed more closure, an epilogue or SOMETHING.

Overall this had a few problems, but It still kept me engaged and reading. 3 Stars from yours truly...

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