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review 2014-01-20 08:15
Ethan by Nicole Edwards
Ethan: An Alluring Indulgence Novel (Volume 5) - Nicole Edwards

I loved the hell out of this book! 



I wrote in one of my status updates in GR while reading that this book didn’t just tick my hurt/comfort kink box nicely, but it slammed into it with a 2″ x 4″. I can’t think of a better way to put it than that. I love hurt/comfort. I adore emotional hurt/comfort. It’s my drug of choice and these two gave it to me in spades.


I’ve not read the previous books in this series, but as the blurb said, I didn’t need to to enjoy this one. Having said that though, I will probably read them because I did fall in love with the brothers and this family. I loved the dynamic between them and the little glimpses I saw of their lives.


Ethan & Beau are damaged, but in so very different ways.


Ethan is irrevocably shattered by the death of his first love, Gavin, who was taken from him violently, and needlessly. All because of a narrow minded, hate-filled bigot, who relentless taunts him for years afterward. The guilt and pain that torments Ethan causes him to shut down, emotionally. He continues on, but he doesn’t live…just survives. No attachments, no emotion. With his family, his friends, and his lovers. Isolation and casual sex are Ethan’s gig. And he’s good at it, for a while.


Beau is kind of a lost soul. He’s one of those people that you can’t help but fall in love with. Sweet, gentle, kind. It’s amazing he ended up that way. Growing up in a loveless household, Beau has never felt what it’s like to be loved, cared for. He has friends, and has adopted the Walker family more or less as his own, but he’s never had anything that’s just his.


When these two finally give in, the chemistry between them is explosive. Their first time together is one of the most sensual, erotic, and emotional sex scenes I’ve read in a long time. (I’m quite certain I saw that in another review, but I can’t remember who said it.) And emotional sex…well, that can just about undo me when it’s done right. It ranks right up there with my h/c kink.


“I know exactly what I want. And you’d be smart to give in because I can tell you, I don’t have any intentions on giving up.”

“You don’t want this,” Ethan said, his voice low.


“You don’t want this,” he repeated, his voice containing less anger and more confusion.


Beau placed one hand gently on Ethan’s hip, tilting his head as he studied him. He kept his tone serious when he said, “I want this more than you’ll ever understand.”


Beau is determined to heal Ethan, and Ethan is just tired enough to let him try. The two of them are so sweet together, I didn’t know whether to smile or cry half the time.


It’s funny, there’s nothing new or earth shattering in this book, everything has been done before and yet I loved it to pieces. I guess that’s a testament to the writing and the characters, or it just really hit my kinks. If you like men comforting each other, watching a relationship grow and heal two broken people, I think you’ll enjoy this book. Give it a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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text 2014-01-02 21:44
I'm still here.... sort of. ;)
Something Like Autumn - Jay Bell
Slide - Garrett Leigh
Catch a Ghost - S.E. Jakes
Dark Space - Lisa Henry
Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
Diversion - Eden Winters
Captive Prince: Volume Two - S.U. Pacat,C.S. Pacat
Chase the Storm - V.M Waitt
Cut & Run - Abigail Roux,Madeleine Urban
Rough Canvas - Joey W. Hill

I've been rather lazy lately with writing reviews. I've just been either rating them instead or putting them off. Frankly, I'm enjoying my break from classes by just reading and relaxing. I think I've turned on my laptop maybe 5 or 6 times these past two weeks, or as little as possible anyway. But I thought I'd post my favorite books that I read in 2013 (not necessarily written in 2013 & in no particular order). Although, I think my all time favorite for the year is actually Something Like Autumn. Anyway, here they are, my top 10 - which was far more difficult to narrow down than I thought it would be. All but one are m/m. Imagine that. ;)


Honorable mentions: The Value of Rain, Hidden Away, The Final Line, Dance With Me, Angelfall, & Obsession.


I hope all of you had a great holiday, and that the new year treats you well.



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text 2013-12-05 04:15
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Diversion - Eden Winters

Dinner was highly entertaining. I don't remember giggling this much through a book in a while. Lucky's antics and poor Bo's reactions are amusing as hell.

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text 2013-12-05 02:02

I'm so sorry I have neglected you Booklikes, I'm trying to update you with all the books I've added. I so wish GR would play nicely with you again. It was so much easier when you automatically added my books. :(

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review 2013-11-18 02:42
Collide by Riley Hart
Collide (Blackcreek Series) - Riley Hart

Two childhood best friends who have no one else in the world to count on besides each other. Then the unthinkable happens and one moves away only to be reunited seventeen years later.

This was such a sweet story of best friends who fall in love. It's a GFY, where after finding out Noah is gay, Cooper finds himself obsessing about Noah and what it would be like to touch him, kiss him, taste him. I think the author did a good job of illustrating Cooper's confusion and struggle to accept his feelings for Noah without becoming repetitive or going too heavy on the angst.

Cooper fights his attraction to Noah at first, only to give in when the UST becomes to much for either of them to bear. They're pretty damn hot together and I really liked watching them grow closer over the course of the book. Noah was very patient and understanding, while Cooper tried to figure out what he wanted.

There was a nice little twist at the end that I probably should have seen coming, but I was so tied up in Noah and Cooper that I missed it entirely. I think it ended a bit abruptly, or it could have been that I wasn't ready to let them go, or both. I kind of wanted to stay wrapped up my Noah and Cooper cocoon and not come out.

The only complaint I have is the editing. There were several instances of completely the wrong word used, like 'breaks' instead of 'brakes', or sentences that started to say one thing then were partially changed to say another, but not fully edited to make it clear. If that makes sense. I think one was along the lines of 'there isn't will never not be a reason'. I can't remember exactly, but it was similar.

Having said that though, I enjoyed these two enough that it didn't even bother me. The characters were all likable and the story was good. I love GFY stories and this one was a little angsty, a little sweet, and a lot hot. I'm curious to see how Wes & Braden's story plays out and I'd love to see more of Noah and Cooper

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