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3 Stars for Yes, Forever by Bailey Bradford #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Yes, Forever
Author Name & Publisher: Bailey Bradford (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 31, 2013 – 44 pgs

Synopsis
Just when John Weston thinks he’s got it all together, he learns he’s really just buried his head in the sand.

John Weston has been using his past behaviour as a weapon against himself. He’s not wanted to fall back into old habits and ways that nearly destroyed him. That’s why he’s kept to himself for the past two years.Little by little, things happen that begin to make him see what he’s really done—wall himself off in such a way that he no longer knows how to be around people outside of his job and his family.

One man will come along and rattle John’s self-imposed cage, and start John on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance he didn’t even know he needed. John will have to take risks instead of hide away, and learn that making mistakes doesn’t mean he’s a lost cause. It simply means he’s a man who can feel more than he’d ever thought he could.

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 ThreeStarThis was a decent series but I definitely see room to make it ever better.

John in my opinion does not trust himself to relapse into the man he was previously. He knows after getting clean of drugs, alcohol, and sec with random men and then finally getting help why he was the was he was. He has an mental illness of depression and even though he is seeing a therapist and taking his medication like he is supposed to he is not at the point that he trusts himself. He has mainly kept to himself but once he meets Benji his world is turned upside down.

Benji in my opinion is very self absorbed and I honestly view him as one of those people that believes it alright for him to do what he wants but he does not want John too.

It is difficult for these two men to get in the same page in what they have together but they do. Eventually that is.

Honestly I was left at odds with this book ending as quickly as it did. I honestly did not realize that the book that I had was the one with all five parts in one book so when I went to move onto the next book and realized I had read all of them I was really let down. I think this book could have been amazing if the issues these two men was having hard more in depth answers to their problems instead of a quick brush off like I felt that they did.

Regardless it was a decent read but not one of my favorites.

Tosha

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3 Stars for Cameron’s Code (Kansas City Heat #3) by Jenna Byrnes #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Cameron’s Code (Kansas City Heat #3)
Author Name: Jenna Byrnes
Publication Date: November 7, 2014 – 100 pgs

Synopsis

Interstate transportation of stolen property calls for FBI intervention. Can the KCPD detective and the bureau agent break up the crime ring before anyone else is killed?

Detective Dean Cameron with the KCPD Property Crimes Department is investigating a rash of local business thefts. When the cases cross state lines, the FBI is brought into action. Dean welcomes sexy agent Matt Anderson’s help on the job, and before he’s decided if it’s a good idea, they wind up in bed. Sharing a desire that’s too hard to resist, the men fall into an intense physical relationship that both of them know can never last.

Impossible Relationships. Matt’s life is in Chicago and Dean’s in Kansas City. Neither of them want a long distance love affair, but Dean can’t imagine not pursuing one. He’s head over heels, but Matt isn’t quite as convinced. When their most recent case takes a turn towards the deadly, what they want doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Racing against the clock, Dean is desperate to save Matt and see what can be salvaged of their relationship.

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 ThreeStar
 This being book three in the series I had hoped that the characters would have been more well developed.

Dean works for KCPD and while he is investigating the local business thefts he becomes partnered up with Matt from the FBI when the investigation and thefts cross state lines.

Yes these two men are attracted to one another but my problem is that Matt does not seem like the nicest guy. He kind of treats Dean like a play thing and I think that with the way Matt treated Dean that Dean should have had enough self respect to tell Matt to hit he road and not come back.

Don’t get me wrong I like a book that has the couples that get together to have there issues before finally ending up happily ever after but I think there is a difference between issues and just being an out right jackass.

Regardless of this not being my favorite in the series so far I will keep reading and look forward to the next book.

Tosha

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3 Stars for A Dandelion for Tulip (Beings In Love #6) by R. Cooper #MM #Fantasy

CoverTitle: A Dandelion for Tulip (Being(s) In Love #6)
Author Name & Publisher: R. Cooper (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 24, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

David is in love with Tulip, a kind and unusually quiet fairy in his social circle. But everyone knows Tulip doesn’t date humans. David tells himself he is happy to be Tulip’s friend, because he doesn’t believe a fairy could love him and Tulip has never tried to “keep him”—as fairies refer to relationships with humans.

Fairies are drawn to David, describing his great “shine,” but David knows only too well how quickly fairies can forget humans, and thinks he’s destined to be alone. He can’t see his own brilliance or understand how desperately Tulip wants him, even if Tulip believes David can do better.

But exhausted and more than a little tipsy at a Christmas party, David makes his feelings too obvious for Tulip to deny any longer. Because of a past heartbreak involving a human, Tulip is convinced someone as shiny as David could never want a “silly, stupid fairy” in his life. Now, if he wants to keep David, he’ll have to be as brave as his shiny, careful human.

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ThreeStar

I like that this book feels like a sequel to something. It starts in the moment, the characters all knowing each other. There’s history and texture. It’s immediately immersive. I love fairy (fey) stories.
But the angst went on a little too long. David and his fairy, Tulip, are both obstructionist to their own desire to be together. Their friends, especially Flor, are supportive and amusing. But the angst goes on for months. Pages and pages. Insecurity is not my kink.
The payoff is quite lovely, at least. David and Tulip, even in wallowing, are likeable, attractive, kind characters. I would like to read more in this universe. Or any universe R. Cooper happens to offer.
C. E. Case

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5 Star and 3 Star Review for Caught Inside (Boys on the Brink #1) by Jamie Deacon #MM #YoungAdult @JamieDeacon82

CoverTitle: Caught Inside (Boys on the Brink #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Jamie Deacon (Beaten Track Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: September 29, 2016 – 320 pgs

Synopsis

Luke believes he has his life figured out…and then he meets Theo.

It should have been simple—a summer spent with his girlfriend Zara at her family’s holiday cottage in Cornwall. Seventeen-year-old Luke Savage jumps at the chance, envisioning endless hours of sunbathing on the private beach and riding the waves on his beloved surfboard. He isn’t interested in love. Though his rugged good looks and lazy charm mean he can have his pick of girls, he has no intention of falling for anyone.

Nothing prepares Luke for his reaction to Theo, the sensitive Oxford undergraduate who is Zara’s cousin and closest friend. All at once, he is plunged along a path of desire and discovery that has him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself. No one, especially Zara, must find out; what he and Theo have is too new, too fragile. But as the deceit spirals beyond their control, people are bound to get hurt, Luke most of all.

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ThreeStar

I find it difficult to love a book when I find myself disliking the characters more and more as the story progresses. This story starts with a simple mismatched romance between working class Luke and his wealthy girlfriend Zara. And slowly, as characters are added and poor decisions seem to multiply, we see the absolute worst of each character.

I enjoyed the chemistry between Luke and Theo but I hated the exaggerated class divide and Giles’ snobbery. I really never understood the reasons for Giles’ aggressive behaviour and I really didn’t understand how Theo and Zara allowed it in their home. Adding cheating and secrets and lies just made these characters more difficult to like. I felt the ending exploded and then fizzled before limping to a rather unsatisfying conclusion – it just didn’t work for me.

As this descended into angst and drama, I struggled to finish it. I am awarding three stars because this is a young adult story and fans of Hollyoaks and other teen soaps will probably enjoy this much more than I did.

Sarah

FiveStars

This was a great read about the hardships that some young adults may go through when they realize what their sexuality is.

Luke is 17 and has a girlfriend that he is content with, Zara. For summer break Zara invites Luke to join her and her cousin at her parents beach cottage for he summer. Luke is all for the surfing and spending some time with Zara.

Just like any good book there is a twist. When Luke meets Theo, feelings he has try to banish from his mind start to arise. As hard as he tries to deny he is attracted to Theo, he no longer can when Theo kisses him. From that moment on Luke knows that he can no longer deny his attraction and he no longer wants to try too.

Luke and Theo come to the understanding that they will keep things under raps for a while but it keeps getting harder and harder to hide the truth. Especially since Zara really wants to make things work with Luke and Luke really wants things in the open about him and Theo.

Things finally come to a crashing hault and everyone is hurt in the mix.

This book was a great read. It is the perfect example of the struggles that some may face when they come to the realization that they can no longer deny who they are. It is also the perfect example of how some people may be caught in the cross fire and end up hurt. I think that Jamie Deacon did an amazing job with this book and did all the characters justice by making the book so close to reality.

Great read!!!!

Tosha

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5 Stars, 3.5 Stars and 3 Stars for Choosing Home (The Call of Home #1) by Alexa Milne @Alexa_Milne #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Choosing Home (The Call of Home #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Alexa Milne (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 14, 2016 – 187 Pages

Synopsis

You can never escape from yourself.

Zac McKenzie is an ex-professional footballer with a secret he gave up his career to protect. Several years ago, he fled to his home in the North East of Scotland to avoid being outed as gay. Now, he owns a successful hotel and restaurant, but is it time to finally come out into the open?

Seth Pritchard feels he is damaged goods. He comes to Scotland to escape memories of the accident that left him injured, his bullying step-brothers and a life of lies.

For their whole lives, Zac and Seth have denied who they truly are to themselves as well as to others. When they meet, each man is forced to confront his fears and tear them down one by one.

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FiveStars

This is such a great story but it also one of those stories where your breaks for one of the characters.

Seth just broke my heart. His life growing up with his step brothers was nothing short of tramatic they way they treated him and the cruel things they said and did to him. They left him pretty much hating himself for being gay out of fear of what others thought of him. Not only just that, but he was also left not being able to be intimate with anyone after everything his step brothers did to him. My heart broke over and over for Seth but at the same time I think he is so much stronger then he even realized. He works through his issues and becomes a stronger man that is capable of standing up for himself and he is able to truly start living and loving for the first time in his life.

Zac has always been worried about coming out but not because of his family or friends but because of the profession he was in. Seeing Seth face his Demons made it easy for Zac to be strong and decide it was time to stop hiding and time to start living in the open.

These two men made a beautiful story together, horror parts and all. They proved that love can and will conquer all. This is a great book by Alexa and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Tosha

ThreeandHalfStars

This is my first book by this author. I had high hopes for the story, as I love stories about sports, but it was at times difficult to relate to Sean (one of the MC’s). The other MC, Zac I was totally able to relate to. We never got much of the background story about Sean, only bits and pieces, whereas Zac we got lots of background info. The plot was excellent and I was really hoping to get more from the book then I did. The author definitely has a way with describing a scene and I loved how she described Scotland (someplace I’ve always wanted to visit). I loved the secondary characters especially Abby and Zac brother, Ellis. I will definitely read the next book in the series hoping this was just a one-time thing.

Lynn

ThreeStar

There is a fantastic sense of place in this story set on the Scottish Coast.  I enjoyed the characters and sense of community, but this didn’t entirely work as a romance for me.  

I enjoyed Zac’s story – the closeted footballer returned home to set up a holiday lodge.  His family, his kids, his friends and employees all contribute to the wonderful sense of family and community surrounding the man.  The details of Seth’s life are less clear through the book and because there is so much mystery surrounding him, I found him harder to relate to.

I had to re-read parts of this story to fully understand why I failed to fully connect with it.  Ultimately, I settled on the dialogue as my biggest problem.  The conversations between these characters feels stilted.  I would expect casual slang from a retired footballer and  Zach’s unnaturally formal speech prevents him from becoming a fully developed character for me.  Similarly, Seth might be the most formal 30 year old I’ve ever encountered.  When this formality meets the bedroom the result is entirely awkward and not at all sexy.  Ultimately, there is something stiff and formal about both men and it just doesn’t work, especially for Zach.  

Also, there really aren’t many closeted 30 and 40 year olds left in the UK.  As a professional footballer, I was almost able to understand Zac’s situation.  Seth’s story might have been believable in the US or twenty years ago in the UK but it failed to ring true for a 30 year old in the UK today.

Ultimately, I really wanted to love this story more than I did.  I loved the premise and the setting but the execution just didn’t work very well for me.  

Sarah

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5 Stars and 3 Stars for Highland Hearts by J. P. Bowie #MM #Romance @PridePublishing

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Title: Highland Hearts
Author Name & Publisher: J. P. Bowie (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 12, 2016 – 103 Pages

Synopsis

Callum Robertson has inherited his grandfather’s mansion in northern Scotland, but the house comes with a history he knew nothing about—should he be thrilled, or feel threatened as the house seems to lure him in?

When Callum Robertson first sees the old Scottish country mansion his grandfather bequeathed him, his first instinct is to sell the antiquated pile for whatever he can get for it—admittedly not much in a downturned market. Then he meets Craig MacPherson, a local farmer with auburn curls and sparkling gray eyes, and suddenly the gloomy old house doesn’t look quite the white elephant it first appeared to be.

Craig tells Callum that it’s rumored the house is haunted but by what or whom no one seems to know. Books flying off shelves then being mysteriously replaced give Callum pause to reconsider his rejection of the idea of an actual ghost haunting the place. When he finds a journal relating to the history of his family he is, by turn, intrigued then fascinated as the family saga unfolds through the writings of his ancestors.

An encounter with what he feels must be the spirit of his great-great-great uncle Alistair makes him change his mind about not only selling the house, but also about his future with Craig.

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FiveStars

While Callum Robertson tours for the first time, the mansion he inherits from his Scottish grandfather, he receives a visit from local farmer Craig McPherson. Unsure how he can maintain the larger than life home and still survive, Callum toys with the idea of selling when “something” or “someone” drops a book in his lap so to speak. It’s a journal written by his great-great-great grandfather.

While reading about his family history from several generations, Callum not only learns the rumors of the house being haunted are true, but he comes to appreciate the love his family had for the home. He is saddened to find out his grandfather wasn’t the horrible man his own father made him out to be. And he’s also angry with himself for not visiting when he was old enough to make his own decisions.

His relationship with Craig also grows quickly into something they both realize neither one wants to live without.

This is a nice, quick read with a HEA.

Kris

ThreeStar

This is a sexy, romantic, short story about family history, family secrets and new love.  When Edinburgh software manager Callum inherits  a rural Scottish mansion from the grandfather he never knew, he meets Craig, a local farmer.  While trying to sort out the estate, Callum and Craig uncover all sorts of family secrets including a resident spirit.  

 

While the connection between Callum and Craig is a little too instalove for me, I did enjoy the intrigue as Callum unravels his family history.  For a short story, Callum and Craig are well developed characters and I liked the clash between the local boy and the public schoolboy.  Callum’s family tree is fascinating and I enjoyed the way Callum is quick to embrace the unexpected.  

 

The sex is hot in this story, but there is little romance.  The connection between Callum and Craig feels convenient in the first instance, a comfortable, repeating hookup.  The jump from convenient hookup to HEA is as fast as the jump from strangers to bed partners.  While entirely realistic for the twenty-first century, this won’t work for romance purists.  
This is a quick, easy read with two well-developed leading men and an exciting plot.  

Sarah

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5 Star, 4 Star, and 3 Star Reviews for Raw Lust (Raw Trilogy #1) by Sibley Jackson #MM #Romance @caddyorpims

CoverTitle: Raw Lust: The Raw Trilogy 1
Author Name: Sibley Jackson
Publication Date: June 27, 2016

Synopsis

*Note: This gay romance contains graphic m/m sex scenes.

Z: dynamic, in your face sexual rock star in the making. He and his band, Wild Riot, are hoping to hit the big-time, and they’re getting close. He knows a relationship is out of the question if he hopes to make it big.
Jason: low key and handsome, he’s sworn to never care for a guy again—at least not without taking it slow and easy. He chose poorly once. By the time he walked away, his self-esteem had been in shreds.

Then Wild Riot takes the stage at the city’s most popular gay club. Jason has scored a front row table. He’s heard all about the band and their sexy lead singer. Big deal. He’s seen a ton of bands.

A single spotlight explodes from the darkness, illuminating Z. Their eyes meet—and the heat between them could incinerate the whole damn place.

Before the first set ends, both know they can’t walk away. Not until they’ve had one night of scorching, animalistic sex.

After all, neither is looking for anything more. Especially nothing as inconvenient and terrifying as love.

ATTENTION: 1/3 of this story was published on Amazon only in serialized form, under the name The Performance Series. 2/3 of this story is new, due to popular demand for Z and Jason. Even if you have read The Performance Series, you will enjoy the Raw Trilogy.

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FiveStars

I truly enjoyedthis book and I am on pins and needles waiting for the next one to come out. By the name of this book and the warning of explicit male/male scenes at the beginning of the book I thought there would not be a lot of story line in it. But that is so far from the truth.

Yes there is a lot of explicitly hot scenes in the book but there is so much more then just that.

This is a book in my opinion about two people finding each other and having this powerful connection from the get go. The problem is it comes at a time in their lives when their careers are taking off and it makes it extremely hard for them to have a relationship.

Zeke or Z to his friends is the lead singer in his band and they are the point that they may just get the contract to become even bigger. Their following is huge is getting bigger each show.

Jason is a window designer at a big retail store and is moving up in the business with each new display.

When these two men meet is only meant to be a one night stand but they both soon realized he could be so much more and decide to give it a try even though Z is leaving for tour for six weeks.

Things progress between them and they become closer. At the same time the band gets closer to its dream. It is not easy being with a rock star but both are trying. They even have issues with their friends and co workers telling both of them are fools for waiting for the other. But regardless they remain together and committed to each other.

This book was truly an amazing read. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out because I have a feeling it will be explosive. This is the first book I have read by this author but I can guarantee I will be reading more in the future.

Tosha
FourStars

This book was full of hotness. Jason and Z just can’t get enough of each other and when they are together it is explosive. I hate the whole I am a rocker and I am going on the road and I will be faithful crap. Yeah I know it can happen but I wonder how often and for how long. That kinds of stuff just sets me on edge but I did enjoy the book and I will read the next one in the series because I liked the chemistry between Jason and Z.

Angie

ThreeStar

This book had its moments.  While I enjoyed the premise, I struggled with the writing style and I found myself giggling through sexual descriptions.  For a rock star story, I enjoyed Z’s realistically slow building career.  The strain on his and Jason’s relationship feels honest and accurate.  

 

Both Z and Jason feel very young in this story and the intensity of the relationship doesn’t always fit with the new adult vibe of the book.  I did enjoy the long distance relationship, the insecurities faced by both men and the trust that develops between them.

 

But honestly, my favourite parts of this book are the inadvertent bloopers and bizarre sex descriptions.  I highlighted so many brilliant quotations that made me giggle.  My favourite passage was probably Z’s description of licking Jason’s ass crack.   The 21 year old struggling musician says the taste of Jade’s ass “was like a fine French wine. His taste wasn’t simple.  It consisted of several layers.”  The same man whose ass tastes of French wine also has perfect balls, “like eggs in a basket”.  By the time the pucker of Jason’s ass was personified and “signalling it was willing to allow him eventual access”, I was in tears.  
Possibly for the wrong reasons, I am really looking forward to the next installment in this series as both Z’s music and the relationship between the two men continues to develop.  Honestly, I just can’t wait to see how sex is described in the next book.

Sarah

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