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review 2018-03-05 14:54
Review: "Ever After" by Riley Hart & Christina Lee
Ever After - Christina Lee,Riley Hart


~ 3.5 stars ~


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review 2017-04-09 18:00
Review: "Enemies of the State" (The Executive Office, #1) by Tal Bauer
Enemies of the State - Tal Bauer


~ 5 stars ~

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review 2017-02-15 19:26
Review: "A Forced Silence" (Zero Hour, #1) by Cate Ashwood
A Forced Silence - Cate Ashwood

"Adam watched him go, feeling the happiness radiating from him. It was in that moment, pants around his ankles, in a kitchen that looked like an IHOP exploded in it, he realized he was completely, totally, utterly in love. He waited, anticipating the fallout that accompanied such a heavy realization, but it never came. The panic never set in. The terror never took hold. He felt... good. Better than good."


I'm a little puzzled, because I shouldn't have enjoyed this book as much as I did. There were too many things that would normally annoy the ever-living fuck out of me:


  • a frenemies-to-lovers trope that doesn't really deserve that name, because it was never fully explained why Sam and Adam hated each other so much (other than Adam giving Sam the teasing nickname "Dex" (You monster! How dare you!) back in high school)


  • a relationship that was all about their physical attraction towards each other and only took place in the bedroom, with not one meaningful conversation between the MCs


  • a "mystery" (and I'm using that term loosely) that takes a backseat for 95% of the story, ends on a cliffhanger and therefore doesn't even deserve a mystery tag


  • the always annoying "deeply closeted guy who is afraid to come out because of his job" shtick


  • and of course Cate Ashwood's trademark "I'm breaking up with you for your own good" during the last third of the book


So I have no idea why I wasn't as annoyed as I should have been; the book kept me fairly entertained. Maybe because Sam and Adam's connection was so passionate and strong. Maybe because Sam never put Adam under pressure to come out. Maybe because the sex scenes were so well-written. I dunno.


So I'm giving this book 4 weak stars, but 4 stars nonetheless.


Thanks to Julie & Elsbeth for the BR!

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review 2016-11-24 09:31
Review: "Heaven Can't Wait" by Eli Easton
Heaven Can't Wait - Eli Easton

"Day by day, Chuck started to open up to Kevin. And day by day, Kevin inched a little further toward a tentative friendship with the big guy. It was like worming your way into a warm sleeping bag on a frigid night - and doing it slowly enough to not wake up the grizzly bear that was sleeping next to it."


Wow, this was just beautiful!


Leave it to Eli Easton to write such a moving, heartwarming and bittersweet hurt/comfort gem with two totally lovable MCs in only 61 (!) pages. Everything was just so touching and well-written, I still have the biggest smile on my face.



Oh, and I simply LOVED Brian's choice at the end (I might have teared up a little).


I would have given this novella 5 stars, but I need a little bit more closure as far as Chuck is concerned, especially how his family and friends will react when he comes out.


But nevertheless, this was another win for me from this outrageously talented author.




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review 2016-09-28 18:19
Review: "Outcome" (Aftermath, #2) by Cara Dee
Outcome - Cara Dee

"You're beautiful. A beautiful fucking mess."


So I liked this one better than the first book. Probably because I had lower expectations this time.


I could empathize with Chase and Remy more and found their romance WAY more reasonable and naturally developed than Austin and Cam's from the previous book.


Of course there was still enough nonsense happening left and right. Like Chase, being a former kidnap victim himself, but who didn't express any doubts and had no concerns at all when Remy was taken by his friends to a cabin and cuffed to a bed for weeks (!) against his will so that he could detox. Chase just showed not one single sign of disapproval. Not. A single. One!



Or like Chase going for the good old "I swear I'm clean, you can trust me, let's fuck bareback!" fuckery, coming from a self-destructive hardcore junkie and alcoholic who he just met and who just overcame a STD a couple of days ago.


And BTW, I feel like I deserve a medal for not DNF and give a 1 star rating for this fucking stupid and outrageously irresponsible SHIT alone right then and there! Seriously authors, show some responsibility FFS!



On a more positive note, I liked both MCs and I understood the hell they went through and were still living in. I liked how they both were each other's strength and how they wanted to help and support each other. 


Plus this time, there was no poorly executed GFY bullshit to be had and I didn't end up being so angry and disappointed. So I guess that's a win?


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