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review 2017-10-02 14:45
Living Out Loud
Living Out Loud - Nyrae Dawn,Christina Lee

I wish I had it in me to write a review but my heart just is not in it.

 

Bottom line is that this was just amazing. I loved every single moment and this is easily one of my favorite books of the year.  So I am just posting beautiful pictures and hope the world gets on board with love and not hate.  I'm tired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again to CinnaMen for her amazing page of images.  Gifs stolen from my 500 Kisses review. <3

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review 2017-10-01 21:41
The Shipwreck
The Shipwreck - Rosalind Abel

Well, I have to say I was rather blown away by this one.  Now I will confess, I first saw the posting for this ARC in Brandon Witt’s group and was so excited to see a new Witt that I immediately went to obtain my copy.  Well…it took actually getting the file for me to realize that this was actually a Rosalind Abel book and not a Brandon Witt.  Yeah yeah…I know they are the same person but…I will get back to that later.  Nowhere in the FB post or in the ARC Instafeebie posting did it tell me this and clearly if I had read the other books I would probably have known this.  But I had not.  So it wasn’t a new Witt after all.  *tears up* But I was committed and I needed up uphold my end of the agreement.  So I proceeded.  And…

 

I absolutely loved this.

 

I commented only a week ago how very few “boyfriend for hires” I have read and how much I had wanted one...so clearly someone was looking out for me.  This was the perfect “boyfriend for hire” book.  And while I expected fluffy romance based on the cover and author, I was greeted with some absolutely beautifully written scenes.  From the scene at the cliff to the shipwreck to the photography aspects to some of the most amazing and quite intimate sex scenes I have read in a while.  The characters had so much depth and were developed just beautifully with their backgrounds unfolding in a way that had me tearing up many times.  And how these characters become so open so quickly with each other is another level of brilliance.  I mean I think we all can more easily open up to someone you don’t really know, or have no expectation of trying to impress. In these situations you are just more free to be yourself.  And this was captured quite well.

 

As with other books by this author, the family dynamics were also so perfectly portrayed and I found myself chuckling out loud many times.  Now as for Lavender Shores, the quaint gay loving community that acts as the backdrop for this series, it actually worked for me.  Now could I read numerous books set in this, I am honestly not sure.  But I think if I was going to have one land in my lap, this was the perfect one for me.

 

Even more than losing you, that’s what I hate the most. That I hurt you. I’ve never met another man like you. Never met one who I’ve admired as much as you. Nor one who seems to be incapable of seeing how truly wonderful he is. If there’s any reason I should feel shame, it’s that. I added to your inability to see your worth. And I do. That is my shame. And you are my loss.

 

Gaaahhh…I mean this was beautiful.  And don’t even get me started on the jar of snow. *cries*

 

Now, as I mentioned above, I have not read any of the Abel books.  And like with several others I know, the whole Abel/Witt author name change just honestly turned me off.  I am a huge fan of Brandon Witt’s work.  He has written several of my all time favorite books and when I pick one up I know I am in for an emotional journey into the love between two men.  Authors write different types of books all the time.  They may go from comedy to romance to paranormal to horror, lots of sex to minimal sex.  Honestly it matters not to me, as there are some authors that become an auto buy for me.  The name change here felt like catering to a reader group or a type of romance that wasn’t something I wanted or liked.  I personally love reading MM Romance written by a gay man.  Not to say that a woman can’t do it and do very well, but there is something about having an author who is actually a gay man that I like.  So to see someone who I see as a well established author in the MM genre change direction to utilize a woman’s name just bothered me.  So yeah, I had no desire really to read these.

 

Imagine my continued surprise when I found out that the main MC in this book is a male author of MF romance who goes by a female name.  Sorry, but I eyerolled at the name…I mean "Ginger Peach".  Seriously?  Do women really pay more attention to a book with a name like this than one with a man’s name? I mean is Nicholas Sparks a woman?  No. I just don’t understand this aspect (both from a character perspective and from an author perspective) and honestly this was really my only issue with the book.  

 

For me I just found myself rather sad not to have Brandon Witt’s name on the cover.  To not have the cover image be that described as part of the story. The “authenticity of the author” is something that as male or female I respect and I was extremely happy to ultimately see Lamont embrace this aspect in the book, especially in regards to him finally writing a MM Romance.

 

And I know I will likely be in the minority on my feelings regarding this but oh well…it would not be the first time.  And as an author has every right to do what they chose with their books, I don’t necessarily need to agree.

 

The bottom line is that this book was absolutely lovely and I fell in love with the characters, the story and the writing.  So if you are wanting a beautiful MM Romance then this certainly fits the bill and does so with the “Witt” I have grown to love.

 

*Highly Recommended* as part of the series or as a Standalone (as I read it).

 

**Note: An ARC was obtained in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-09-11 15:57
Loved this Werewolf Story From A Fav Author
Blood Kissed - Keri Arthur

4.5 stars Keri Arthur writes characters that I love to read. They are well developed, quirky, off centered, and snarky, just the way I like them. This series has two witches who are in the lower cast of witches just trying to make a living running a bakery in a small town run by a werewolf pack that hates witches. They bake do simple fortune telling and charms keeping under the radar for many reasons. They are semi hiding from their families. All is going well till, something wicked comes to town and the werewolves are forced to work with the witches who say they're really not witches to try to save the town for a blackness. Things go from bad to worse, and it gets dangerous.
There s some sexual tension, life threatening tension some fantastic snark, yummy treats, and a whole lot of fun. I loved the human familiar for the witches. The weres were hot headed, strong, sexy, and mysterious. The book ended with a cliff hanger and I need the next book. I recommend this book to fans of her writing or lovers of witches and weres. it's a good fun story.

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review 2017-09-06 19:45
Tate
Tate (The Temptation Series) - Ella Frank

To Tate,

From the very beginning I had a plan for my life.

But it wasn’t until we met that I knew it was you.

~Logan

 

Another book and another emersion into the love between Logan and Tate.  Who would have thought that Ella could continue to grow and expand on this couple so beautifully and so successfully.  I am in awe.

 

First off, no one should read any review that has spoilers and should honestly avoid even reading non-spoiler reviews...and yet here I am writing one.  So shut this off and go read this book and enjoy it for yourself…I seriously doubt anyone who loves Logan and Tate would be disappointed.

 

This next chapter continues to explore these men, their backgrounds, history, fears, doubts and unwavering love for the other.  The glimpses and nuggets of times past, especially from Try, are woven beautifully into the story and simply give new meaning and insight into the love between these two men. 

 

I have always said that for me this is Logan’s story.  His character development for me is just unmatched and his love for Tate continues to be heartfelt and heartbreaking.  I simply adore him.  And this one only solidifies my thoughts on this.  I will say however that Tate seemed to realize that perhaps Logan is just as much his Truth as Tate is to Logan. And that discovery was rather breathtaking.

 

There, in a bathroom that was built for sin, the passion eased and the fever simmered until the deeper, scarier feelings began to consume the two of them. Tate opened himself up to the onslaught as Logan wove his fingers through his hair and cradled his head, seeking more. Tate gave it without any conscious thought, just handed it over as he would his last breath, should Logan require it, and then he was falling all over again. Falling for the charm of the silver-tongued lawyer who’d picked him to sit down opposite that first night. Falling into a relationship he’d always wanted but never dreamed he would have. But most of all, he was falling in love with Logan all over again, just as he’d done every day since he’d known him.

 

Now, as for secondary characters, Will has stepped up to become one of my favorite characters in this series.  Such a huge heart this man has and someone who has quickly become the father that these boys desperately need. 

 

I am honestly sad to know there is only one more installment left.  I hate to see this come to closure but given how book 4 and 5 have gone, I can honestly say that the rereads could only get better and better as we view these early moments between them with all new eyes, knowing now what the future has in store. 

 

So much love for this couple.

 

*An ARC was received from the Author in exchange for an honest review.*

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review 2017-08-27 23:36
How Much for the Whole Night?
How Much For the Whole Night? - R.J. Scott

I have to tell you...for a 15 min read this was...

 

 

but damn...I need MORE!!!

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