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4 Stars for One Step Forward by Tia Fielding #MM #Romance @tiafielding @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: One Step Forward
Author Name & Publisher: Tia Fielding (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 8, 2016 – 236 pgs

Synopsis

Sam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.

Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.

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 FourStarsTriggers: Accident, death

 

This was a very sweet story.  Somewhat slow at times, but sweet overall.

You have two characters who are struggling – one outwardly and one inwardly.  They learn from each other, lean on each other and each has to learn how to trust themselves again.

Josh is struggling – he was once a horse rider who was capable of going to the Olympics.  When an accident claims his confidence and his horses’ ability to trust, it’s up to Sam to bring these two back to life.  The way that Sam works with both Calla and Josh, even Josh’s close friends and family is somewhat of a miracle.  He’s patient, kind, pushy and loving all wrapped in to one hot package.

You can really feel the distress that this family is under – Fielding is descriptive in both the surroundings and character analysis.  Without those descriptors, I don’t think that we would have gotten the full colored picture – it would have been a fuzzy, black and white photograph.

I really enjoyed this story – the secondary characters helped to move the story along.  I hope that they get their own stories.

While I really did enjoy this story, I felt that it was both missing details that would have been nice but it also dragged on in certain parts – maybe too many descriptors.  That being said, I enjoyed this story a lot.

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TWO 5 Stars, 4.5 Stars and 4 Stars for Three More Wishes (Rainbow Island Book 2) by Sean Michael #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Three More Wishes (Rainbow Island Book 2)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 9, 2016 – 222 pgs

Synopsis

Come to Rainbow Island, where all your sexual fantasies will come true.

James, Guard and Damien are back, still running their resort, where every fantasy, no matter how perverse, may come true. The three men continue working out the bumps in their threesome, but when it comes to their clients, they’re a well-oiled machine. Which works perfectly for the three new couples arriving in paradise.

Cameron is losing his sight, and he knows that he’ll be useless once it goes completely. He’s cashed in everything to leave his life behind for one last fling. Xander is on the island for a fantasy, too. He’s looking for someone to love on, someone to care for and Cameron seems to be the perfect match, but can they make it work?

As a writer, Ben always writes the script, which is why his fantasy is to give up control. He’s told his fantasy can’t be fulfilled, so he settles in for a relaxing vacation on an island paradise instead. Is he really as safe as he thinks he is?

Finally, Leo is a consummate top, always wanting to better his technique. He wants to know what it’s like to be a sub, but it won’t be easy for a Dominant to bottom for five days. Leo will do his dead-level best to measure up—his only worry is who the boys choose to be his fantasy top…

Don’t miss out on these fantasies come true.

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FiveStars

And the story continues on with Damien, James and Guard. I love these threemen! Is the relationship salvageable? Do they make amends and end up a trio again? I need to know!

Fantasy one features Cameron, an ex-cowboy who is losing his sight, and Xander, the owner of a small bookstore. When Cameron was no longer able to see to work on his horse ranch with his partner and lover, he sold out to hid ex and purchased a one-way ticket to fulfill his fantasy on the island. He had no desire to ever go back to civilization. Xander is in awe at the fact that Cameron has never been informed of today’s modern conveniences available to the visually impaired. And when Xander finds out what Cameron’s plans are at the end of their 5 days together, he has no intentions of allowing him to go through them. Vowing to give Cameron the life he deserves.

Fantasy two is about Ben and Tip. Ben is an author of Thriller novels and Tip takes on odd jobs here and there and also works for the guys from the island a couple times a year to pay his bills. Ben’s fantasy is to live out some of the situations he writes about in his books. One of those situations is a real life kidnapping. Little does he know how terrifying this can be when you are actually living it. Tip isn’t sure how long he can keep up the charade. His “captive” seems genuinely terrified and if he doesn’t safeword and end this whole scene then Tip will.

In fantasy three we have Leo, a Dominant in the BDSM world. And David also a Dominant in the BDSM world. David has been in love with Leo for years. When he was asked to come to the island and be Leo’s Dom for 5 days to fulfill Leo’s fantasy, he jumped at the chance. Leo wants to have a better understanding of a submissive’s point of view. His fantasy is to be topped for 5 days so he can be a better Dom. What he isn’t expecting is to be topped by a man he knows, and who is also almost 10 years younger than he is. But what really shocks him is the relationship that begins between them in just a short time.

I loved all three of these fantasies! This book is definitely better than the first. The men in the fantasies all seemed to connect better. What I’m really hoping for is the conclusion to the relationship between our three owners.

Kris

FourandHalfStars

This was another great book by Sean Michael featuring James, Guard and Damien along with new characters that came to the resort for their fantasy. There is no doubt in my mind that Sean Michael is an exceptional story teller. The character development was spot on and I immediately fell in love with Cameron and Xander. I was great to see the Guard, James and Damien were able to work through their issues and still continue on together. I love the whole idea of a fantasy resort and hope that the series will continue as this gives me my BDSM fix along with my fantasy fix.

Lynn

FourStars

I really enjoy Sean Michael.  The stories flow nicely and are always interesting.

The first scenario was sweet.  There were hard things to discuss in this one and I liked how Michael didn’t really shy away from them.  Losing a sense is a big deal and how the characters both dealt with it was great!  I loved that they were sweet and kind – it was almost like insta-love, which I usually dislike, but this just worked.

I enjoyed the second scenario in this trio the most.  This one had amazing chemistry and the scene began with an unusual scenario.  I loved how great the two were together – even when Ben and Tip were playing, they had this connection.  Tip was instantly able to read what Ben needed and despite his resistance, Ben responded beautifully.  Their relationship was the most developed, I thought.

The third one was my least favorite of the bunch – it was difficult because it wasn’t really what you would think.  2 Dom’s but one going in to is wanting to learn how to be a better Dom, while the other is in love with the first.  It was somewhat difficult to understand the subtext and underlying feelings.

Finally, the trio of the books, the owners, I want, so badly to know their story.  You are just given snippets.  They have great chemistry, love each other, but there is a wall that they can’t get over.  I hope that we learn more about them in the next installation.

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FiveStars

I really like the concept of this series, I just wish some of the wish scenarios were longer and I that we could see what happens after they leave the island. I do love the drama with Guard, James and Damien, I wish the books had more of them in it too. This series is like a mini vacation every time I read it, hot action, amazing island and beautiful men!

Angie

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3 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Reaction Shot by Parker Avrile #MM #BDSM

CoverTitle: Reaction Shot
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 23, 2016 – 152 pgs

Synopsis

A BDSM Thriller

What happens in the dungeon doesn’t stay in the dungeon.

My sex stuff wouldn’t make my father happy, but the feds didn’t mind it at all. In fact, the official story was that I was the ex-boytoy of some now-disgraced Chinese billionaire. The gay wasn’t an issue. Even the BDSM wasn’t an issue. The issue was money-laundering. As long as they saw me as just another party boy, I was safe.

Or so I thought. Then somebody set me up for a kinky scene in Vegas with a guy who turned out to be Hollywood’s latest A-list action star. Lyndon’s gay and ready to play, with a strong taste for dominating younger men. I hate to admit it, but I was attracted to the arrogant son of a you-know-what almost immediately.

Of course, it’s all fun and games until we find out somebody’s got our whole twisted encounter on video…

Reaction Shot is a complete 150-page short novel including all four episodes of this gay male BDSM romantic suspense thriller– Audition, Camera, Action, and Cut.

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ThreeStar

Lyndon and Mr. Shelby were a strange couple.  I didn’t particularly like either of them throughout the story and I felt that their relationship was just as equally strange.  Not only was Lyndon somewhat entitled, but he was also a less than fantastic Dom.
Mr. Shelby…where to start with him?  I was very confused at the beginning of this story as to what his role was exactly.  Shale is kind of the “whomever you want me to be”, type, but in reality, he’s submissive…I think…
Overall, they had some decent sex, but their relationship is very truncated – we only see snippets of it and what we do see, there is not much development going on.
This was not your typical BDSM story, which was both good and bad.  While I understand what the author was trying to do, the execution, however, needed some work.  This was just an OK story for me and although it had immense potential, I just couldn’t get there.
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FourStars
This book was not what I was expecting in the least. If I had to name a category for this book I would call it BDSM but more on the dark side of things that is for sure.

Lyndon is an actor but he is also a Dom. Out of the blue he unexpectedly meets Shale Shelby. The two are far from a normal couple or any kind of couple at all in my opinion. What binds these two together is their mutual love for BDSM and the fact someone recorded them together to ruin both of them.

The more time together they spent the worse the videos got and if released it would ruin Lyndon’s career. So Shale does what he must to save Lyndon and it comes with a major cost that neither one of them may never recover from.

This book was in my opinion on the dark side of reading. It was interesting to see the twist and turns the plot of the story took and I did enjoy the read. I would only suggest this book to others that like BDSM for one but also one who does not mind the darker side of blackmail.

Tosha

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5 Star & 4 Star Review for Dinner at Foxy’s (Law and Supernatural Order #3) by Silvia Violet #MM #Shapeshifter @Silvia_Violet

Dinner at Foxys CoverTitle: Dinner at Foxy’s (Law and Supernatural Order #3)
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date & Length: July 18, 2016 – 115 pgs

Synopsis

Fox shifter Luke runs Foxy’s Chicken Shack, known for the best and spiciest chicken in town. For months he’s had his eye on Silas, a young cop who patrols the area around his restaurant. When Silas arrives to question Luke about his cousins’ criminal activities, things blow up, literally, and Silas is injured. Luke will do whatever it takes to see his cousins brought to justice.  He might not survive his crazy plan, but if he does… Could there be a chance at love for this fox shifter and his cop?

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FiveStars

This was not a long story not was it a short story. Reality is it was perfect. The length of the book was perfect for this story.

I really loved the characters in this book. Silas and Luke are completely different people but as in most cases opposites attract. And boy did they ever.

Silas tries to be a hard butt but he isn’t really. He really has a soft side to him or at least he does when it comes to Luke. But he also has a very protective side. Once he realizes that he cares what happens to Luke, I believe that he would stop at nothing to protect him.

Luke being a cop follows his instincts about people and they are telling him to trust Silas and so much more.

Does his instincts prove to be right or is Silas truly a fox and cannot be trusted????

I really enjoyed this read. It was full of emotion that did not drag out. It had just enough intrigue and mystery to it but it was also hot!!! Silvia Violet has a good book in hand with Dinner at Foxys. It will definitely be a hit.

Tosha

FourStars

This is the third story in this series, however, I have not read any of the previous books.

I felt that the story was more about Luke and his family’s issues, rather than the development of the relationship between Luke and Silas.

Silas is a police officer who is trying to make detective – and while he is in the middle of working a case, Luke’s family steps in to make things difficult.  It would seem that the story would develop from there, but it kind of just stands still for a while.  The secondary characters in this story, also, seemed to be a large part of the story – more so than I would have thought in such a short story.

Luke knows that his family will stop at nothing to obtain his father’s property, but Luke also wants to protect Silas.  I don’t quite know why he wants to keep his involvement a secret and we are never fully satisfied as to why that happens.  Luke’s character is kind and he created his own family within his restaurant.

This was a sweet story.  It had a lot of action and despite being a little slim on the relationship aspect, it worked as a story.

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Excerpt

I’m Luke, and I’m a fox. Okay, I’m a fox shifter, but I’m also hot, a smooth-talker, and I give one wild ride. I run a restaurant in Atlanta. We sell the best damn fried chicken you’ve ever eaten. That’s right. I’m a bona fide fox in the henhouse. Our chicken comes in spicy, spicier, and fuck-me- I’m-on- fire.

The dinner shift is crazy as fuck tonight even though my best people are in the kitchen. I don’t know who decided to send me all the large parties, prize-winners for most finicky order, and downright bitchy-as- fuck complainers, but they are all out in force tonight.

I’m about to take a break. I need a whiskey, but a large sweet tea will have to do since I’m working.

The door chimes as it swings open, and I glance up, expecting another party of nine, half of them gluten-free vegans—at a fucking chicken shack—but, no… Fuck me.

It’s that gorgeous blond twink in a cop’s uniform, the one who’s become a regular. His baby face makes him look like he’s playing dress-up. I want to run my hands—and my tongue—over every inch of his smooth, pale skin. He glances my way, and his eyes widen for just a second. Then his tongue slides out to moisten his lips.

Maybe this night is about to improve. Officer Blond and Surely-Not- As-Young-As-He- Looks moves my way. Oh yes. Come to Daddy.

I thought you didn’t do cops.

Sometimes I hate my fucking conscience.

Nothing but trouble there.

I’m not like the rest of my family. I don’t run guns or steal cars. I don’t hurt people or use them. But some of my business interests aren’t exactly what you’d call legal. Hell, the simple fact that I’m a fox shifter makes me suspicious to most people.

However, this is one officer of the law I wouldn’t mind having a close acquaintance with.

The hottie in blue reaches the counter. “What can I do for you, Officer?” I ask.

His cheeks pinken adorably, but he holds eye contact. “You’re the owner, right? Luke Redtail.”

“That’s me.” I wink, and he glances away. This is going to be fun.

“I’m Officer Bixby, and I need to ask you some questions in connection with an investigation. Is there somewhere private we could go?”

My bed. It’s right upstairs. “I’ve got an office in the back. Let me get someone to run the register.”

As I turn toward the kitchen I see my uncle standing in the small side parking lot.

My uncle who’s supposed to be dead. What is he doing here? “Oh fuck!”

As he throws the object in his hand, I scream, “Get down! Now!” I grab my cop and haul him over the counter. Thank God for shifter strength. I wrap myself around him, but in the shock of the blast, we hit the floor.

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THREE 5 Star and ONE 4 Star Reviews for Endings and Beginnings (Collars & Cuffs #8) by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #BDSM

EndingsandBeginningsFSTitle: Endings and Beginnings (Collars & Cuffs #8)
Author Name & Publisher: K.C. Wells & Parker Williams  (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 18, 2016 – 121,429 Words

Synopsis

In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’s new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

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FiveStars

I really enjoyed this book. We got to see almost all of the characters from previous books, which was great, I loved seeing how they are now and what they have been up to. We got to see another great relationship form. Darren and JJ were perfect for each other, they both just wanted each other so bad and you could feel that in their story. Of course the sex was off the charts. Once again we saw how people who aren’t family can be more family than our true family. I love the closeness of everyone, it just feels right. I hate that this is the last book in the series but I am hoping that the last chapter may have been a hint that there is another series in the works.

Angie

FiveStars

This series has been an absolute favorite of mine. All of the characters of collars and cuffs are not only a part of the BDSM community but they are family.

In this book the collars and cuffs family comes together to support Peter after old pain resurfaces after finding out that his old tormentor killed himself in prison but not only that they also find out that JJ was his son.

JJ carries around the pain of what his father did to others and when he first went to work at collars and cuffs he went to prove his dad’s innocents but found instead that not only is he guilty but that he also found th family he has always been looking for.

Once he meets Darren his whole life changes and JJ realizes he wants to try his submissive tendencies out with Darren as his Dom. So these two men take a journey through BDSM together. They not only find the mutual connection where that is concerned but each other and more friends and family at collars and cuffs.

All of the members of collars and cuffs are their for one another no matter the occasion and they support each other even from afar if need be.

This book was much like the others in the aspect that it kept me held captive till the very end. KC Wells amazes me with being able to make each book better then the last and this book was no exception to that. I truly enjoyed this read and look forward to reading for from KC in the future.

Tosha

FiveStars

I can’t believe this series is ending. It was a great privilege to travel this road with two exceptional authors. I certainly hope that these authors will consider a new collaboration as I felt their writing styles complemented each other in ways that you never knew who was doing the writing.

In this book we get to meet Darren and JJ. The authors we spot on for the character development and I immediately fell in love with both MC’s. It was also great to see the characters from the previous books make an appearance.  Darren and JJ had a really sweet connection and it was really wonderful to see and experience their joys and their tribulations in the effort to build a relationship. I just can’t say enough about the writing duo of Wells and Williams. Every book they write immediately draws me in and it does not want to let me go. In this book we had everything from a couple who leaves town to a death (not telling!!)-the endings and a wedding to opening a house for homeless young people-the beginnings. There was also the hint of a new series (YEA!!) and I certainly hope that it happens.

This book was an exceptional ending with hopes for a new beginning for a new series and I applaud the authors for a completed task that will have me re-reading these books for years to come.

Lynn

FourStars

First off, I have read the previous books in this series and for the most part, really enjoyed them.  While I did give this book 4 stars, it was more due to the style of writing.  This was, so far, my least favorite of the series.

Let’s start with the bomb drop – while I can understand why people are upset, it seemed that this book focused a lot on that.  I thought this was Darren’s story.

For me, this story seemed to almost drag on.  While I was happy that I was able to see some closure on other relationships, this story was far less about Darren and JJ’s story than it was about the culmination of what was happening at the club, which, in my opinion, weakened the story.

The jumping back and forth between couples was sometimes difficult to follow and while I know who are friends and in what capacity, it was sometimes too much all jumbled, which left the conversations underdeveloped.

When Darren and JJ were the center of attention, they had a much weaker connection than the other couples.  Their connection began with mistrust and while they worked on trust, I don’t know if they ever truly found the peace they were both looking for.

The premise is that they both wanted what everyone else had.  However, it seemed that they are still plodding along in their journey, because their story was so broken up and splattered between everyone else and their drama.

While I love the series, this just didn’t work very well for me.  There was a lack of chemistry and connection between Darren and JJ for me.

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Excerpt

“Honey, I’m home.”

Alex laughed and came out of the kitchen to greet his husband. “We’ve talked about this, right? You do not walk into this apartment and talk to me like I’m the little wife.”

Leo kissed him soundly on the cheek. “Aw, but you’d look great in an apron, holding a glass of beer out for your weary, hard-working hubby.” He smirked. “And besides, no one in their right mind would call you little.”

Alex quirked his eyebrows. “One, you don’t drink beer, which is why there’s a glass of chilled chardonnay on the living room table, waiting for you. Two, excuse me—weary? Hard-working? You’ve been standing around in leather chaps and a harness, watching while guys do all manner of things to each other, which probably included a lot of fucking, because, hey, it’s Saturday night, right?”

Leo sighed happily. “What can I say? I love my job.”

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5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Love’s Changes by LaQuette #MM #Romance @laquettelikes

CoverTitle: Love’s Changes
Author Name & Publisher: LaQuette (Carnal Embrace Romance Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 3, 2016 – 75 pgs

Synopsis

**This is an erotic novella featuring graphic and explicit language and sexual content between consenting adult men in a loving relationship. Reader discretion is advised.**

A near-fatal shot through his chest teaches Lieutenant Bryan Smyth of the NYPD two things: He wants to live to see more days and he wants to spend them with his estranged husband, Justice.

Poor decisions made under the strain of grief split the seams of their marriage. Now it’s up to Bryan to show Justice there’s still enough of their love left to salvage from the ruins, still something worth the battle ahead.

Bryan’s shooting has opened Justice’s eyes to new lessons too. The first, tomorrow isn’t promised, the second, life’s too short to live in misery. Justice has watched Bryan shuffle back and forth attempting to balance the man he is at home and the man he has to be at the precinct for too long. Now, he’s done. The only problem is, Justice’s heart is having a hard time adhering to the exit strategy in his head.

Desperate to repair their bond, Bryan does the only thing he can to keep his marriage intact, he calls his crazy sister-in-law, True to stir up some organized chaos. She’s a wildcard, yes. As unstable and deadly as nitroglycerin, but she gets the one thing Bryan needs more than anything, results.

The only question left: Is family and fidelity enough to get them through love’s changes, or is this really the end?

**This book is a spin off from the Queens of Kings series featuring Bryan Smyth and Justice Amare. Although related to the Queens of Kings world, you do not need to read that series to understand this one.**

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FiveStars

I fell in love with both Bryan and Justice. These two men are both so strong, have strong jobs( one a marine the other a cop and former marine) but they lack one thing in their relationship…. Communication.

These two men have experienced so much hurt in the past in their relationship when they lost their daughter. It affected each men differently and instead of turning to one another they handled their grief differently.

Because of their lack of communication their marriage is on the rocks and it may not be able to be fixed especially since Justice has decided it was time to file for a divorce and put an end to their pain, heartache, and hurt from one another.

This book is a perfect example of what the lack of communication and thinking what the other feels instead of actually talking about it can end up ruining a perfectly happy marriage. It is an example that no matter how long u have been together that no one is a mind reader and we can all misunderstand what the other is thinks no or feeling if we do talk to one another.

This was only a short story but it was very powerful with a lot of emotions flowing through it that me as a reader was able to feel. Hoping their will be more of these two in a longer book in the future cause they are definitely worthy of more.

Great book and look forward to reading more by Laquette in the future.

Tosha

FourStars

This was a sweet story, however, I felt that this was only the beginning of their story.  Most of this was about their background, how they came to where they are presently in their life, their relationship and how they see themselves.

This was a very quick read, with a lot of information in it.  The reader has to quickly understand what’s going on, because LaQuette’s story is fast paced.

I wish that there had been more – I felt that this was an unfinished story and one that LaQuette could have drawn a great conclusion with, but chose not to.  I am hoping that there will be more to follow, but at the same time, hope that it is not drawn out in to 3 or 4 more books, because that would just be very annoying.

Overall though, this was sweet and a great start to what could be a great story.

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ThreeStar

If this book would have been longer I think it would have been better. Bryan was shot in the line of duty and realized that he wants to stay with his estranged husband Justice. Justice has wanted to be with Bryan the whole time, while Bryan didn’t but has now decided enough is enough. This was basically just a book with the two of them fighting back and forth on if they should stay together or not and then Justice’s family intervenes and helps them to find out what is best for them both. If we would have gotten more of the back story BEFORE the shooting and not just bits and pieces I think it would have been much better.

Angie

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ONE 4.5 Star and TWO 4 Star Reviews for All Note Long (Perfect Harmony #3) by Annabeth Albert #MM #Romance @AnnabethAlbert

CoverTitle: All Note Long (Perfect Harmony #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Annabeth Albert (Lyrical Shine)
Publication Date & Length: August 2, 2016 – 320 pgs

Synopsis

Giving true love a spin . . .

Michelin Moses is a country music star on the rise. With a hit single under his Texas-sized belt buckle and a sold-out concert tour underway, his childhood dreams of making it big are finally coming true. But there’s one thing missing—a promise to his dying mother that he’d find it—him—when the time was right. With a little luck, he won’t have to wait too long . . .

Lucky Ramirez is a hunky boy toy who dances at The Broom Closet, one of West Hollywood’s hottest gay bars. He loves what he does, and he’s good at it—almost as good as he is at playing dumb when he spots Michelin Moses at the bar. What happens next is off the charts—and keeps Michelin coming back for more. He’s just not sure it’s the right move for his career. But if Lucky gets his way, Michelin will get Lucky—and no matter how the media spins it, neither of them will be faking it . . .

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FourandHalfStars

This was an excellent book. I loved the chemistry between Michelin and Lucky. That makes for what I consider as a really HOT book. The men in this story were absolutely amazing and I immediately feel in love with both of them. Michelin does come across as a man who just doesn’t have it in him to stand up for himself. That’s ok with me even though he’s dealing with Lucky who appears taking the bull by the horns. There were clearly many things that these two men had to work out but when they did it was amazing. The author writing style made this a really easy read and even though this book can be read as a standalone I will definitely go back and read the previous stories.

Lynn

FourStars

This was a sweet story that developed somewhat slowly.

Michelin is a rising star in the county music circuit.  He knows that if he comes out, his career could be over.  I found that his wishy-washiness detracted from the character that he could have been.  I thought that he would have stood up to his label more, but ultimately, he was not a very strong main character.  I can appreciate that Michelin struggled with the way he came out, but once it’s over and done with, he takes almost the entire story to come to terms.  It would have been nice to see him stand up and do more.

Lucky, however, is a different story.  While he has been out and proud for a while, he tries to understand where Michelin is coming from.  I think Lucky did the right thing in making Michelin decide for himself whether or not he was OK with being gay.
I love Lucky’s personality and what he does for a living.  I love that he’s not afraid to be himself, despite what others might think.  I think that he was my saving grace in this story.

Overall, it was a sweet story, but I would have loved to see more of their “after” life.

AvidReader

FourStars

The third book in this series is a little more mature and slightly more serious than the previous two reality TV focused books. While still fun and very sexy, this is definitely an adult, rather than a new adult title.

Unlike the younger characters in the first two books, Michelin Moses is an established star. Lucky might be younger, but his confidence and strength of character makes him feel older even than Michelin. It took me some time to warm to the closeted star. His insecurities and his martyrdom felt whiny at times and I spent most of the story wanting him to take control of his life, stand up for himself and Lucky and make some concrete decisions. But Lucky – I loved him from the moment we first see him go go dancing in combat boots. Where Michelin is an insecure, indecisive mess for most of the story, Lucky is confident, clever and unapologetic.

There were times I couldn’t decide whether I liked Lucky and Michelin as a couple. I wasn’t always convinced that Michelin understood and supported Lucky’s dancing. All the drama focuses on Michelin and his insecurities about being outed. I wanted more care for Lucky through the story. There are some very sexy scenes between the two and some moving moments that really resonated with me.

Controlling agents and studios are becoming a slightly overused trope in m/m fiction about musicians and film stars and not much is fresh about the pressures facing Michelin in this story. I enjoy pretend boyfriend stories but the only thing saving this story from mediocrity is the strength of characterisation and the warmth of Ms Albert’s writing.

Sarah

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