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4.5 and 3 Star Reviews for 12 Courses (Delectable #6) by E.M. Lynley #MM #Romance @emlynley

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Title: 12 Courses (Delectable #6)
Author Name & Publisher: E.M. Lynley (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 23, 2015 – 117 pgs

Synopsis

Thom Kennedy Leyton returns to San Francisco to take up the reins of Graze, one of the city’s best restaurants, years after he lost his job when his innovative new set of recipes was stolen. Thom’s loss of self-esteem eventually caused his boyfriend, Blake Warner, to end their relationship, sending Thom into a deep depression.

Now, cured of fifty excess pounds and any attraction to Blake, Thom’s back in town. Blake catches him off guard when he visits Graze several days in a row, and Thom lets himself get caught up in Blake’s allure, despite knowing better.

Thom juggles a renewed relationship with Blake, a Christmas visit from his parents, and an important holiday menu based on a Twelve Days of Christmas theme. When an old acquaintance reveals that Blake knows more about the theft of the recipes than he lets on, Thom doesn’t know whom to trust. But the truth isn’t quite that simple, and Thom won’t be able to decide if Blake deserves a place in his life until he learns exactly what happened years ago.

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FourandHalfStars

EM Lynley has done it again. I love her Delectable series and this story story novella was stellar. I did take ½ star away because I didn’t like the ending. In this story we had Thom who lost his first chef position when accused of stealing recipes when it was opposite. Blake was his boyfriend and was involved in the theft (in a way) you’ll have to read the book to see what happens. For someone who’s not a chef Ms. Lynley really comes up with some great recipes. I loved hearing about all the great recipes and how Thom was able to salvage his reputation. This was an excellent story centered around Christmas.

Lynn

ThreeStar

Romance between two chefs. This is what lured me to read this book. I’m a cook myself and I love to read cookbooks and try recipes. This book, though, seems like it’s for a serious foodie, which I am not.

I love the characters. Thom I could really relate to. His story starts out at a famous cooking school where he’s 50 pounds overweight, but he’s brilliant in the kitchen and has terrific recipe ideas. I love this character and his ambition and drive to succeed coupled with his self-esteem issues. Blake, the other main character, who is the romantic interest of Thom, is good, but it felt like his character was not fully developed.

The first half of the book is all about Thom at the restaurant in his kitchen. It’s about his kitchen staff and the meals he’s preparing and the holiday menu he’s developing. This was a bit boring and the story just dragged. The latter half of the book it picks up but is still lagging. The highlight was when Thom found out what Blake did. The ending also felt incomplete. When I turned the page to read more I was surprised that that was it.

The concept and the plot I feel was good, I just wish there was more interaction between the main characters and that there was more of a storyline. That their relationship could have been more developed. It seems like he had more interaction with his parents then with his love interest.

I do recommend this book for the serious foodie. I believe they will enjoy it.

Ariel

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New Release: 4 Stars for Anchored in Stone (Chronicles of an Earned #1) by Meraki P. Lyhne (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Paranormal @MerakiPLyhne

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Title: Anchored in Stone (Chronicles of an Earned #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Meraki P. Lyhne (EXtasy Books)
Publication Date & Length: November 1, 2015 – 372 pgs

Synopsis

The easiest heist in Alex Rhoden’s career is also the most dangerous of all.

As a child, Alex Rhoden’s talent as a thief was recognized by a rich art collector. He has since then been schooled and trained to become one of the best art thieves in the world. While on the easiest heist of his career he finds himself running with the artefact in his possession, followed by an unknown adversary. But they are not the only ones interested in the artefact—so is an ancient race of demigods called Earned. Cornered and out of options, Alex has to make a difficult decision that will turn his life upside down no matter what he chooses.

The young demigod, Kaleb, is reborn into servitude, but he is a freak amongst his own kind—the forbidden unity between an Earned and a witch. Other than finding himself, learning to control his powers, and balance high school as a senior, Kaleb must earn the trust of his pack and family. But Alex is in danger and the young demigod struggles to keep up.

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FourStars

I loved this book. Even though it was a fantasy book about demigods it was not so far-fetched as to be almost science fiction. It was very believable and understandable after the 25% mark.

The first 25% of the book I was easily able to understand the story about Alex. The story of the Earned, though, I had trouble understanding until after reading 25% of the book. The first 25% was very confusing.

After the 25% mark the story got so much better. Really fantastical better. I was really able to get into it and it really grabbed me. The individual stories of Kaleb and Alex we’re both awesome. The ending of each chapter was perfect and there were no cliffhangers.

The only other minor problem that I saw in this book was some of the sentences are not worded correctly. For instance, 68% into the book the sentence says:

“Okay, but watch your language, Dad’s gonna pin that in some blonde bombshell who likes Phil had lowered his voice and was in mouth of yours on me!”

Overall, I really liked the book and the story, the plot, the characters, everything. It was easy to overlook the minor problems and enjoy the book. If you like fantasy books that are not too far out there and believable then you will like this book. I do highly recommend it.

~Ariel

Excerpt

Alex made his way down the corridors, watching out for the guard. This one he found leafing through a magazine with his feet up and his back turned to the staircase. Alex stopped, breathed in deeply, and let it out slowly, reminding himself that a fat guard’s dumb luck was what caught his cat burglar mentor. No matter how carefully one builds a card house, a gust of wind can bring it all down.

So Alex took his time and focused all his expertise on getting past this guard as if he were from the agency itself. Finally in the basement, he made his way to the crate, pushed it open, and sought out the stone first. He found it and put it in a bag, which he in turn put in his thigh pocket, before stuffing another bag with whatever his pricey education had told him was worth the most on the black market.

Happy with his find, he turned, but something seemed to have a hold on the pocket with the stone in. He turned and found himself face to face with a big, mean-looking ghost. He gasped and clasped his left hand over his mouth to catch the scream he couldn’t stop, and clutched the stone with his right.

And then he ran. He didn’t even care if the guard saw him. He made it past the guard, who was nowhere in sight, and exited through the service entrance.

Alex didn’t stop until his body threatened to vomit out his heart. He stopped and by sheer exhaustion, his body chose to empty his stomach anyway. He took the stone out and stared at it. It felt almost as if fine electricity danced between it and where it touched his skin.

“What the hell did you have me steal, Mr. Henry?”

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4.5, 4 and 3 Star Reviews for Devin December by Kate McMurray #MM #Holiday

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Title: Devin December
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 23, 2015 – 102 pgs

Synopsis

A freak blizzard strands flight attendant Andy Weston at LaGuardia Airport on Thanksgiving. Tabloid reports about Hollywood It couple, Devin Delaney and Cristina Marino, breaking up in spectacular fashion keep Andy sane. And then Devin Delaney himself turns up at the gate Andy is working. Against all odds—and because there’s nothing else to do—Andy and Devin begin to talk, immediately connect, and, after Devin confesses the real reason he broke up with Cristina, have a magical night together snowed in at the airport. But the magic ends when Devin boards his flight home the next morning, and Andy assumes it’s over.

Then Devin turns up on his doorstep. Andy is game for a clandestine affair at first—who could turn down one of the hottest men on the planet? But he soon grows tired of being shoved in Devin’s closet. As Christmas approaches, it’s clear that this will never work unless Devin is willing to make some big changes. Devin has a holiday surprise in store—but will it be enough?

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FourandHalfStars

This book was the typical type of book were one of the men is in the closet and one is out and proud. What made it different was the story behind it and how Devin came to realize that if he wanted a relationship with Andy he had to come clean about who he was. Let me say I wasn’t going to give this story a 4.5 stars rating until I discovered that the author had put an epilogue on her website. The epilogue made the whole story complete. I don’t know what Ms. McMurray was thinking about when she wrote a story that just abruptly ends but it was a good that she posted the finish of story the way she did. Great job Kate, I always loved your stories and will continue to read.

LynnFourStars

Hmmm, where to start?  Devin and Andy are adorable.  Their relationship begins kind of in a whirlwind – they are stuck at the airport, during a holiday.  To pass the time, they chat, make out, and try to fight their attraction.

What I loved about this story was that you got to see both sides of the relationship.  It was well thought out, methodical and did not have a rushed feel to it.  I really loved how Andy’s personality allowed him to shine in this story.  Devin was the “famous” person, but I felt that Andy had much more presence.

Despite their hidden relationship – I felt that they spoke a lot, were really open and their communication was key to their relationship.

Overall, this was a sweet story about finding and being your true self.  Allowing love to conquer.

AvidReader

ThreeStar

Love in a blizzard, in an airport, between a femme flight attendant and a hot famous actor. The concept is good, but the airport part went too long. It lasted about 50% of the book, so I found it lagging, and, regretfully, boring.

After the airport, it got much better. The growing relationship between the actor and the flight attendant was wonderful. I loved the attendant’s personality and his ability to speak his mind. The ending was great with a wonderful happy ending. It seemed to me, though, incomplete. I wish the author would have completed it.

Overall, it was a good book. If you press through the first half you get the reward of the last half which is really good.

Ariel

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TWO 5 and 3.5 Star Reviews for The Millionaire Upstairs by M.J. O’Shea #MM #Romance

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Title: The Millionaire Upstairs
Author Name & Publisher: M.J. O’Shea (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 1, 2016 – 198 pgs

Synopsis

He might be hard to work for, but he’s impossible to resist.

Sasha Sobieski has the perfect job working at legendary American fashion house Harrison Kingsley—or at least he used to. He just never thought he’d have to work for Harrison Kingsley himself. Harrison is exacting, difficult, cold, and hands-down the sexiest man Sasha has ever seen.

After years at the top, Harrison Kingsley knows what he wants, when he wants it, and exactly how he’d like it to be delivered to him. What he wants most right now? His new assistant. Sasha is mouthy, opinionated, and he drives Harrison mad. Problem is, Harrison can never tell if it’s with anger… or desire.

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FiveStars

Sasha has the perfect job and a boss he loves but then there is his bosses brother who also happens to be his boss to who is such a jerk to him. So he fights the crush he has had on this man due to the way Harrison treats him. That is until one day his boss calls him in and asks him to work for her brother for the summer.

Just wow I thought this book was so sweet! Yes it did take me awhile to get over how Harrison acts but once I did I could not help loving these two men together. There is a rea Sasha has the perfect job and a boss he loves but then there is his bosses brother who also happens to be his boss to who is such a jerk to him. So he fights the crush he has had on this man due to the way Harrison treats him. That is until one day his boss calls him in and asks him to work for her brother for the summer.

Just wow I thought this book was so sweet! Yes it did take me awhile to get over how Harrison acts but once I did I could not help loving these two men together. There is a reason Harrison acts the way he does and you will see as the book progresses.

I loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters! You get your angst and sweet with this story.

So I will leave this review with…I really loved this book and would recommend it!

Kara

FiveStars

A whirlwind romance streching from the Hamptons to Italy. This book was amazing. I loved it.

The main characters were perfect. Sasha is this doe eyed small town Kansas boy with big dreams who lands his dream job and in just two years rises to assistant to one of the owners. I love his sass and outspokenness and wisdom on how he handles his job and the people that he works with. Harrison, the other main character who is also the co-owner of the company, is so bipolar it makes for an exciting book. Sasha and Harrison clash and then go on this roller coaster ride full of angst. It makes for a great plot line and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I love this type of book.

I highly recommend it. If you love a wonderful romance that also has angst and the fashion world then you will love this book. Go pick it up right now.

Ariel

ThreeandHalfStars

I had a very difficult time with this story.  While it had a ton of potential, I was so angry at the main character, that I had a hard time enjoying the story behind the meanness.

Harrison is entitled, mean, arrogant, untrustworthy and also, he’s a brilliant clothing designer.  Ugh, those people you just love to hate.  He is struggling in life – not in his business, which is doing well, but his personal life is nonexistent due to his prima attitude.

Then you have Sasha.  I loved him from the beginning.  Naive, strong, loving and compassionate, he has a way with people that one should envy.  He reluctantly helps his boss, Joanne out when she goes on maternity leave by staying with the controlling and growly Harrison.  Sasha knew this would be difficult, but I don’t think he realized how difficult.

Throughout this story, Harrison is mean, short tempered, almost toddler like in his behavior.  I really was crushed by him in so many different ways, on behalf of Sasha.

While I stated above that I felt that Sasha was strong, he was also too forgiving, in my opinion.

Overall a cute story, but not one that I would sing too many praises about.

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Three 3 Stars for Dragon Deception (Supernatural Consultant #2) by Mell Eight #M/M #Paranormal @MellEight

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Title:  Dragon Deception (Supernatural Consultant #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Mell Eight (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 10th 2016- 111 pages

Synopsis

A life full of children and mysteries to solve doesn’t leave much time for relaxation or each other, something Lumie wants to help fix for Dane and Mercury by way of arranging a picnic. But good intentions and life rarely cooperate, and Dane knows it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.

Hell turns out to be someone using Quicksilver’s name to destroy buildings, but there’s no way to tell whether the enemy is an impostor or a trap—and only way to find out. Hopefully it won’t mean missing the picnic.

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ThreeStar

Mercury and Dane are back in this 2nd installment of the Supernatural Consultant series, and of course their kits.
It’s been 5 years since the event of the first book and the couple are doing well, the kits growing up a little. They were cute as ever, specially Lumie. Still, it got to the point that Lumie was mentioned way too many times, shoving the other kits in the background. I get that Lumie is an important part of the story, but I wanted to read about the others as well.
I can’t say that there wasn’t much going on in Book 2, cause there were several things going on, but it wasn’t as interesting to me as the first book. Maybe because there wasn’t a lot of Mercury and Dane interaction. I wanted to read more about them as a couple, but instead they were apart for a lot of the book doing stuff. Of course there was a bad guy, but not the main bad guy they needed so there will be a book 3. I’m going to read it, but hopefully I’ll get more Mercury and Dane time.
Cookie
ThreeStar

This is book 2 of a 2 book set. I don’t know if there will be more. You need to read book one, though, Dragon Consultant, to be able to understand the characters and the situation in this book.

Book 1, Dragon Consultant, was awesome. It was funny with a wonderful mystery and the characters came so alive, and I could not put it down. This book, though, didn’t live up to the standard of the first one, sorry to say.

Of course, the same characters are in it who are awesome and wonderful and I fell in love with them in the first book. The flow of this book was a little slow and not enough dialogue or character interaction.  It just didn’t feel like the first one. I really missed Dane and Mercury’s relationship being explored in this book. I was looking forward to reading about that.

The kits were a big draw to me. They were so funny with what they said and the interaction with the adults and with each other was hilarious and endearing, in book 1. That was missing from this book. There were a few scenes with the kits, but not enough to really grab me and draw me in like the first book.

The storyline is great, the plot is great, with a wonderful mystery. It didn’t catch me or hold me though. I read it because I loved, loved, loved the first book. I was disappointed though.

I do recommend this book as a partner to book one. Simply because it’s a continuation of the storyline.

Ariel
ThreeStar

To start of this review I need to be honest and say this Novella was just not for me…

This book just dragged for me in parts so I really had a hard time finishing this.. I really did like the first book in this series so I was hoping to see more of the two MC’s together to get a better feel for them as a couple. Well I just don’t feel them together at all, for some reason these characters just did not connect with me. In other words I did like the characters in this series but I just did not feel like they fit as a couple well. I really did like getting to see all the kit’s again and the MC’s, I also like the characters this author created in this series I just honestly did not like them together.

So as much as I liked the author’s pretense of this series and the first book I just did not connect with this story and sadly this novella was just not for me..

Kara

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Two 5, 4 and TWO 3 Stars for Out of Bounds (Boundaries #1) by A.R. Barley #M/M #NewAdult

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Title: Out Of Bounds (Boundaries #1)
Author Name & Publisher: A.R. Barley (Carina Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 14th 2016-

Synopsis

When the weather outside starts cooling down, inside the dorm things are heating up. Can these college roommates fall in love without going out of bounds?

Beaten and heartbroken, Jesse Cole is placed in a new dorm room after his last roommate attacked him. Just wanting to be left alone to heal in peace, he’s shocked when tall, dark and dangerous-looking Nick Moretti walks in.

Nick doesn’t have time to tiptoe around his new roommate—he’s too busy working in order to pay for school. But something about Jesse brings out his protective instincts. As their cautious friendship grows and becomes loaded with sexual tension, he wants to make Jesse comfortable.

Enter the perfect plan: a line of tape down the center of the room. Boundaries established.

But as innocent movie nights become hours-long temptation marathons, and whispered chats from across the room delve into straight-up dirty territory, crossing the line has never been so satisfying.

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FiveStars

I loved this book. It was a great college roommate story with a wonderful happy ending.

One of the main characters, Jesse, was amazing. He starts out as a scared, shy, timid sophomore. Throughout the story, though, he grows by leaps and bounds. At the end he becomes a ferocious lion.

The other main character, Nick, grows and develops as well. He starts out as this sloppy, Oscar-type, self-serving, out for number one person. By the end, though, he becomes loving, protective and will do anything for Jesse.

The plot was excellent as well. The author did a great job describing Jesse’s feelings and fears when he moved into his new dorm room and having to get past his trauma. It was an adventure seeing how Jessie developed throughout the story. Then when he was confronted with almost losing Nick he dug deep into himself and mustered up the strength and courage to do something about it. Which resulted in our wonderful happy ending.

I do recommend this book. If you love college roommate stories and you will love this book

~Ariel

FiveStars

I want to start of this review by saying I loved the way A.R. Barley wrote this story and these characters! It was beautiful but also painful with what happened to Jesse after his roommate hurt him.

Jesse is scared so he is jumpy when it comes to Nick who is tall dark and handsome. I loved the way Nick was with Jesse, so caring and gentle. Then there was Jesse who starts of scared, then he slowly works through what happened to him and comes out much stronger.

I do not want to give away any spoilers because this book was just so good I do not want to ruin it for anyone else. So I will leave this review with… I thought this story was beautiful and I loved it! I would definitely recommend this book!

~Kara

ThreeStar

I usually don’t like books in a college setting but this book was good. I liked how the relationship grew and built up and wasn’t instant love, this book wouldn’t have worked as instant love for me. You could feel the chemistry between Jesse and Nick and you wanted them to work. There was excessive use of the phrase “out of bounds” but other than that, the story was believable and had some good secondary characters as well. I really wish we would have gotten an answer to why Ryan over reacted when Jesse kissed him, something just didn’t add up, I am assuming we will find out in a future book?

~Angie

fourstars

Nick and Jesse meet, it is under less than ideal conditions.  Poor Jesse is still shocked at the turn of events – who knew that his roommate held back so much?  I loved how right away, despite his past, Jesse saw what an awesome person Nick was.  I do wish that we were able to have more closure when it came to Jesse’s situation, but understand that this was not the focus of the story.
Then you have big, bad Nick.  He has not had an easy life.  And, despite that not so great start to life, he was able to get himself in to school, be a decent human and learned to love fiercely.  In this story, he not only knows that he wants to protect Jesse, but he knows that there could be a lot more to this roommate than he could have imagined.
The beginning of the relationship, while a little slow, it more about safety – the feeling of safety than friendship.  I love how Nick was able to put Jesse’s fear aside – to show him compassion and love.  I also love how Jesse was able to let go of the past and learn to trust again.  Together, these two made an amazing couple.  They had a great basis of friendship, tons of chemistry and an eventuality of those two things developing in to a great romance.
I really hope that Kelly gets his own book.  He was a good friend, confidant and the annoying friend throughout this story and he should get his own time in the spotlight.
~AvidReader
 ThreeStarI’m just not sure about this book. It wasn’t bad, but I felt like some scenes were to rushed and other parts didn’t give enough detail.

I like that Nick has pulled himself together after a rough childhood and is putting himself through school. I also appreciate the fact that Jesse isn’t some spoiled rich kid going to school on his parent’s dime. Jesse is the more confident of the 2 men. When he wants something he goes after it. Nick is used to keeping everyone at arm’s length when it comes to his personal life. If no one knows what happened to him they won’t walk away. He falls apart at the seams and turns his back on Jesse when he feels like he lets him down.

~Kris

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4 Stars for Haffling (Haffling #1) by Caleb James #M/M #YoungAdult

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Title: Haffling  (Haffling #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Caleb James (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 11th 2013- 274 pages

Synopsis

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

All sixteen-year-old Alex Nevus wants is to be two years older and become his sister Alice’s legal guardian. That, and he’d like his first kiss, preferably with Jerod Haynes, the straight boy with the beautiful girlfriend and the perfect life. Sadly, wanting something and getting it are very different. Strapped with a mentally ill mother, Alex fears for his own sanity. Having a fairy on his shoulder only he can see doesn’t help, and his mom’s schizophrenia places him and Alice in constant jeopardy of being carted back into foster care.

When Alex’s mother goes missing, everything falls apart. Frantic, he tracks her to a remote corner of Manhattan and is transported to another dimension—the land of the Unsee, the realm of the Fey. There he finds his mother held captive by the power-mad Queen May and learns he is half-human and half-fey—a Haffling.

As Alex’s human world is being destroyed, the Unsee is being devoured by a ravenous mist. Fey is vanishing, and May needs to cross into the human world. She needs something only Alex can provide, and she will stop at nothing to possess it… to possess him.

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fourstars

This book made me feel a gambit of emotions. At first the story was really good and I loved it, then I got frustrated cause I was confused, I wanted to stop reading it but I just couldn’t, I like this book now, I couldn’t stop reading it, then it got better and then I was surprised due to twists in the story.

The concept of the story is great. I love stories about fairies and mortals who are half fey or something. That’s what drew me to this book.

The beginning of the book starts out great. I’m understanding it and it really draws me in. After Alex enters the park it gets complicated and confusing. I was wishing for an explanation of what was happening. After this, the story goes back and forth between understanding what was happening and being confused. About halfway through the book, that levels out and I’m understanding it and it gets smoother and better. A few surprises arise, but they are good. The ending I had a problem with, though.

Also, the cast of characters are wonderful and well developed.

Overall, the story is really great and written in such a way that it’s like I’m watching a movie. The confusing bits are a little bit difficult, but if you press in and continue the wrinkles press out and it becomes smooth.

Ariel

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