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5, 4 and 3 Stars for No Normal For Us by Alessandra Ebulu #FF #Romance @chocowithcurves @LT3Press

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Title: No Normal for Us
Author Name & Publisher: Alessandra Ebulu (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 30, 2015 – 40 pgs

Synopsis

Raquel is the daughter of a popular don, and a member of the Blanchard mob. Secrets, lies, and evasions are a way of life. Ogaga is a killer for hire, beautiful and deadly. Secrets, lies, and murder are a way to stay alive. Neither expects the attraction between them to turn into something they can’t live without—but to do that they each have to tell the truth about who they are, and risk destroying the fragile, normal life they’d been building.

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FiveStars

A really refreshing new and innovative novella.
The author describes her two main characters to perfection, painting a really clear picture of both women. It’s an almost idyllic tale of two women falling in love with the added bonus of intrigue and mystery surrounding them.
I enjoyed this short tale immensely, it was easy to read yet kept you entertained from beginning to end.
A polished writer, I look forward to reading more of her work.
Chris

 ThreeStarThis is an interesting, quick read. I like the concept, and the characters. The story was engaging and easy to read. However, it feels like the author needs a bit more work on her writing skills. The story needs to be a bit more fleshed out, the characters a bit more depth. I don’t remember any mention of where it takes place. I want to say in the States, but the words used reflect more of an English feel, so I’m not sure exactly where it is. Some of the word selections make me feel that the author speaks English as a second language, and that can make it more difficult to pick up on small linguistic tells that typify a specific region.

This story makes me feel that the author may need to work on her craft a bit more. I liked the story for what it was, and will keep my eye on this author in the future.

~AmyP

FourStarsThis short was fun and exciting. I liked the characters and the personality they showed. The plot, while quick paced worked well and kept me reading. I do wish it had been longer since I would love to read more about these two and the strange, twisting world they found themselves in. Decently written it flowed well and had several places where I couldn’t help but laugh. Well done and more of this story please!

~Rhayne

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Pre-Release REVIEW: TWO 4 Stars for Juliana Vol 1 (1941-1944) by Vanda #FF #Historical #Romance

1.5

Title: Juliana
Author Name: Vanda
Publication Date: February 2, 2016

Synopsis

JULIANA, is Tales of the City, set in 1940s Greenwich Village instead of 1970s San Francisco. Gays and Lesbians hide in plain sight among straights who rarely notice them.

It’s 1941 and Alice Huffman, “Al,” comes from the potato fields of Long Island with her childhood friends to make it on the Broadway stage, only to find she has no talent. On the kids’ first day in New York City, they meet Maxwell P. Hartwell III, a failed nightclub owner and Broadway producer, who, according to Al, looks a little like Clark Gable. He invites them to a nightclub where Al hears Juliana, the glamorous, perpetually-on-the-brink-of stardom singer, for the first time. Al is instantly drawn to her and seeks her out. Juliana is a sexual risk-taker who easily reels in the mesmerized Al.

Through Juliana and Max Al is thrust into a world of “deviates” and “perverts” that she never before knew existed. Cameo appearances are made by Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall, Tallulah Bankhead and Walter Liberace.

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FourStars

Al, Aggie, Danny and Dickie leave their small country town to find adventure in New York city. They’ve been friends forever and plan to eventually have a double wedding and live happily ever after. Life has a way of upsetting the best laid plans though!
They are all theatre types and want to make it on Broadway. This brings them into contact with some showbiz folks and some very different lifestyles. Max has fingers in many pies and introduces Al (Alice) to Juliana, a heavenly creature with an amazing voice. Al is smitten but can’t work out why. Danny becomes involved with Max – but Max is involved with a lot of men. Once Al finds out Danny is gay he flees off to the war in the hope it will make a man of him. Al continues to bump into Juliana and their relationship becomes sexual but Al still won’t admit she is a lesbian. That was not a nice word in the 1940s.
The novel deals with a very difficult time for gay people – a time when they could be arrested, beaten, raped and ostracised by friends and family. I thought the writer dealt well with putting the reader right into that time. I was gripped by the story and found the lives of the characters fascinating and well written. I want to read more about these people; I want to find that they can lead fulfilling lives but I fear they won’t; I want them to be happy being gay. I look forward to the next installment.

Kitty Kat

FourStars

I don’t normally read Historical books, romance or otherwise but decided it was time I branch out. I found the right branch with this book. While there were places it seemed to ramble on a little bit it made it back to the plot before it became too much to handle. The characters were decently developed and worked with and around each other well (even when they weren’t getting along). The conflicts (outward and internal) were believable enough for the era and I managed to follow along without any problems.

 

The author begins with a disclaimer about the language/words/phrases used in the book and readers would do well to remember it since things do get a bit colorful. I didn’t find anything outside what I would expect from something depicting the era however and it wasn’t overused or flaunted, simply placed where it would have been in normal conversation of the time. The reactions of friends to the ‘coming out’ of the main character were well handled and I had no trouble seeing them as acceptable for the time period (though mostly still upsetting no matter what decade they are set in).

 

As I’ve found normal there were a handful of errors which weren’t glaring enough to cause any issues with the readability of the book. The title would lead one to believe there will be a second volume as does the way this book ended. I would be very interested in reading another installment to find out what happens with the characters and their lives. Definitely one I would recommend once the entire story is available and can be followed from beginning to end in a smooth flow!

~Rhayne

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5 and 4.5 Stars for Picture (Im)Perfect by J.S. Frankel #Trans #YA

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Title: Picture (Im)Perfect
Author Name: J.S. Frankel
Publication Date & Length: September 1, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

Nolan Goodman, star swimmer for Portland High, meets Mia Swarva at a swim meet and thinks he’s found his perfect girlfriend. They start dating, things are going well…and then he finds out that Mia was born Mark, and his concept of what constitutes relationships not to mention sexuality goes out the window. However, Mia has that certain something about her, and Nolan does his best to understand as he genuinely cares for her. Their relationship develops after a series of stops and starts, but when Mia is inadvertently outed on a social website, she and Nolan have to run the gamut of emotions as well as deal with the inevitable reaction to her being transgender. It is only then, that Nolan learns the true meaning of commitment.

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FiveStars

I absolutely adored this story. I have to say that after reading quite a few Trans books, I can’t say that I’ve read one from the partner of the trans individual. It was really great to see for once what it is like to be on the other side and finding out such an unexpected piece of information about someone you care for.
I really enjoyed the way all the struggles of a trans individual were approached. It showed that there is support in the world and love is possible while also that there is still hatred out there.
This was a really sweet story that I would highly recommend.
Renee

FourandHalfStars

This was the first title I had the opportunity to read from this author and I was blown away. First, I believe it takes a special kind of person to tackle something like Transgender issues and not mangle the whole process. Frankel managed it with finesse and understanding while making the characters and their issues relatable.

The connection between Mia and Nolan was evident from the time they met and Mia’s subsequent worry about when and how to tell him seemed very real. His reaction ranked on the positive end of realistic and I had no trouble following it. A great talent for putting a spin on points of view and weaving a plot which kept me interested are things which will keep me reaching for this authors work in the future.

Rhayne

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5, 4.5 and 4 stars for Banshee’s Honor (Tales of Y’Myran #1) by Shaylynn Rose #FF #Fantasy

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Title: Banshee’s Honor (Tales of Y’Myran #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Shaylynn Rose (Ylva)
Publication Date & Length: August 26, 2015 — 379 pages

Synopsis

Warleader. This is what the people of Y’Dan used to call the proud warrior Azhani Rhu’len.
Banshee. Oath breaker. Murderer. These are words that slip off their tongues now.
Azhani Rhu’len, once one of the greatest of Y’Dan’s warriors, is now just a common criminal, escaping the justice of the kingdom she swore to serve.
Kyrian Stardancer. Goddess’ Own. A healer and priestess, she is inviolate until one day, when her world is turned upside down and tossed over the back of a horse—literally.
Torn from all she knows, Kyrian finds her fate now rests squarely on the shoulders of the oath breaker, Azhani Rhu’len.
When signs of ancient evil appear, Azhani and Kyrian must choose whether to ignore the warnings or stand and face the terrifying menace.
(revised edition)

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FourandHalfStars

I started this book a bit on the confused side. The prologue left me a feeling a little like I didn’t know what was going on and had a lot of information to process in a short space of pages. However, I pressed on and into the meat of the book. I have to say, I’m very glad I did. The story I found within was driven, well told and kept me turning pages. The story line does jump from character to character point of view wise every so often but it is done in a way which lets you know which POV you are following.

The characters carry depth and are well thought out, well put together and exhibit growth through the book while staying true to personalities. There is a definite connection between two of the characters while another pair shows the hints of impending romance which I can’t wait to follow in future books in the series. The plot carried well, moving forward without much ‘fluff’ I would think to trim away. The dialog is well written and ranges from serious battle strategy to fun jabs and ribbing at each other.

For characters, I give the following:

Azhani is a wonderfully complex and emotionally ragged character. She is constantly at odds with herself in a very real and touching way. She was easy to love right from the start while still maintaining the desire to slap her upside the head frequently! A strong warrior with a driving need to protect everyone and everything around her she proves again and again that she is a character to be watched closely, and adored. You feel her pain, heartache and rage through every memory, story and detail.

Kyrian comes across as that friend/sibling everyone seems to have: almost annoyingly perfect but so sweet you love her anyway. Her inner battles and demons rear their nasty little heads but she manages to handle them with a silent grace which tells a lot about her. She is more than she appears and the inner struggle, the debate she has with herself throughout the chapters can often lend a little laughter to tense scenarios.

Elisiria and Padreg are supporting characters with their own quirks. They grab the attention of the reader and make you forget the aggravation you’re feeling at the main pair in the story! Their heart-warming romance is a little too perfect but so sweet it leaves you not caring (not to mention it balances out the other not-quite-there romance in the storyline!)

The other characters, from Aden to Devon and even right down to Arun the horse are beautifully written and add a richness to the story that keeps it deep and moving forward. I’m very excited for the next book in this series and will be waiting (impatiently!) for it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a detailed, in depth fantasy with a rising romantic element. Great read and two thumbs way up.

Rhayne

FourStars

The world this author created in this book was really amazing.
You get Azhani and Kyrian who were so good together.. You get the action, angst and of course the bad guy with this book. This story had everything I love in a fantasy book. Azhani is a warleader who is labeled a oathbreaker and Kyrian is a healer. The first time they meet Azhani saves Kryrian, Kyrian then heals Azhani’s hurt leg. You could feel how deeply these two characters feel for each other from the start. So I do not want to say anymore and give away any spoilers because this book was just so good you really need to read it for yourself.
I really loved the characters this author created with this book also you will meet so many different characters in this book too.
So this is were I say there were some parts of this book did drag for me unfortunately and I did have a hard time getting into this book at first but once I did I really did like this story. All together this author created a really amazing world were you have characters you will like that were good and some bad people too. I really liked this book! I would recommend this book!

~Kara

FiveStars

This book was reminiscent of those epic fantasy adventures from names like Eddings, Weis and Hickman, even Tolkien (whose writing I actually don’t like as much as others). This is only book one, but it gave the readers so much. We met many of the good guys, struggling to escape the reach of those who would do evil, to serve and protect the innocent, and right the wrongs done in their world. And we met many of the agents of evil, who succeeded in making us cringe at the depth of their nefarious plans, and the ways in which their greed and hubris have already damaged the world around them, even as they move toward fulfilling greater plans of destruction and cruelty. Yes, this is a book that is so grand in scope, that it needs hyperbole to describe it. And I mean that in the best way.

The world-building is magnificent, the conflict far-reaching and insidious. And complicated in the way that real life truly is. The heroines are well-crafted, with not only admirable qualities but also those insecurities and characteristics that make them three dimensional. The problems they are struggling with seem overwhelming, yet even in the midst of crushing despair, they find hope. The evil characters are led by their weaknesses, and yet, even in the midst of their most vile actions, the reader can feel sorry for them within their limitations even while hoping they die a hideous death.

This book sets up the players, the conflict, and the obstacles. It ends, not in a cliff-hanger, but right before the characters move to the next stage of their plans. And I want to know how those plans play out. This was an excellent book. I heartily recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy. And I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

~AmyP

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4 Stars for Bailey’s Run by Ali Spooner #FF #Romance

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Title: Bailey’s Run
Author Name: Ali Spooner
Publication Date & Length: January 2, 2014 – 358 pgs

Synopsis

Bailey Chambers mourns the loss of her lover, Nessa, in an unsolved carjacking. When Tommy, Bailey’s brother becomes a victim of a gay bashing, Bailey assumes his case will be handled the same way as her lover’s—lackadaisically.
Desi Dexter assigned to Tommy’s case, feels Bailey’s disdain toward her and her partner. Through tenacious police work, Desi, is able to uncover the reason for Bailey’s attitude, and convinces her that she is sincere in solving the case.
Mutual attraction sparks, and before they can move forward with their fledging romance, Desi, and her partner Braxton, uncover the presence of a serial killer.
What will happen to Bailey, when, Desi, becomes engrossed in another case, can their relationship survive?

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FourStars

This book had a wonderful flow and plot, keeping my interest without going completely overboard. The banter and connection between the two women was catchy and made me chuckle, it felt very real. There was just enough hesitation from Bailey to be believable but didn’t wander into the territory of making me want things to move faster. The supporting cast of characters was amazing and each felt like someone I could have in my own life.

Over all this was well written and had a good ebb and flow to it. Good formatting and decent length added to its appeal. I would recommend this to any of my friends looking for a good lesbian romance that has a little worry and anticipation woven through it.

Rhayne

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3 Stars for Souls Entwined by Caitlin Ricci #FF #Fantasy

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Title: Souls Entwined
Author Name & Publisher: Caitlin Ricci (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 13, 2015 –

Synopsis

Emmaline has spent the past year as the companion to the emperor’s son, and knows she will soon be cast out for failing to produce a child. Though it should be a source of shame, all Emmaline feels is relief that she will finally be able to go home and resume the life she was forced to leave behind.

The emperor, however, has other plans. Instead of sending her home, he orders Emmaline across the sea to a foreign country she’s only ever heard of, there to become the spouse of a woman who proves to be unexpectedly appealing. She is further charmed by the woman’s young son, but just as Emmaline begins to settle happily into her new life as wife and mother secrets, fear, and violence threaten to tear it all apart…

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ThreeStar

This book started out a bit on the awkward side but was quick to warm up and catch my interest. The idea behind it was interesting and well put together. There were a few spots where the back information was a bit too much all at once. These could have been done in a conversation type of setting with better results. I loved the characters and their personalities, finding the way they interacted fascinating.

My issues with this book were some timeline issues which often left me wondering how long the main characters had been together since it wasn’t always obvious from the wording. The connection between the two women was a bit confusing at times. There were moments when you were sure they had fallen in love and even used the words, though often not in conversation. Then the main character would turn around and state that she wasn’t in love, it was respect and admiration but she knew love could come eventually. Somewhat difficult to keep up with her state of mind.

However, the idea, plot and storyline were wonderful and with a little proof reading for timeline and content this could be an amazing read!

Rhayne

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5 Stars and FOUR 4 Stars for Into the Furnace by Geonn Cannon #FF #Firefighter @SupposedCrimes @GeonnCannon

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Title: Into the Furnace
Author Name & Publisher: Geonn Cannon (Supposed Crimes)
Publication Date & Length: November 1, 2015 – 208 pgs

Synopsis

Kelly Lake comes from a family of firefighters, but she still had to prove herself to her brothers and her father before they accepted her as one of their own. On her days off she tends bar at the firehouse hangout across the street and spends time trying to breathe life into a relationship she knows is doomed. Her life is cruising along just fine until the day her squad responds to a horrific arson that will cause her carefully orchestrated balancing act to come falling down around her. The blaze claims the lives of eleven people, half of them children, and the fire department takes the blame.
Kelly soon finds herself at the center of a media firestorm when she inadvertently becomes the poster girl for the incident. The trauma of the fire is compounded by her personal house of cards collapsing. Her relationship begins showing its cracks at the same time long-buried family secrets rear their ugly heads. Attacked from all angles, Kelly starts thinking the only place she’ll be safe is running headlong into the furnace.

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FiveStars

As always Mr Cannon has researched his setting well. This novel is based around a female fire fighter and Mr Canon makes us feel the heat of the situations Kelly is subjected too. This is not just a novel about a  “fire-fighter” it encompasses so much more. As a reader you become absorbed in every aspect of Kelly’s life, what has made her what she is, why she reacts the way she does and, her hopes for the future.
The reader becomes less of a spectator and more of a part of this absorbing novel. You are taken along the passions, the fears, the loves and the dramas that unfold on every page you turn. A novel about trust, family and how one person learns to deal with everything that is thrown at her, from the beginning until the end.
Quite a complex book, with plenty of twists and turns. Characters who are both strong and yet vulnerable. A really entertaining book but one that makes you think and consider, what if?
I have no hesitation in recommending this thoroughly compelling book.
Chris

FourStars

Kelly Lake is a brilliant character.  The tiny, unapologetic blonde is a kick-ass firefighter and a self-declared predatory bisexual.  She has a hot temper, a foul mouth and she can carries 100lbs of kit into burning buildings. Can I please be Kelly when I grow up?

On many levels, this is a simple, familiar story. A character study of a very interesting woman.  Within the space of a week, Kelly’s work life, family life and romantic life all implode on her.  And this is the story of Kelly making her life work again.

This isn’t exactly a romance, though there is some romance and some sex.  I actually love the fact that Kelly doesn’t need a romantic HEA  to make everything better.  Kelly makes things better for herself – with a little help from her friends.

I loved the detail with which Kelly’s job is explored.  I love the camaraderie, the sense of family between the firefighters.   I love Kelly’s sense of vocation and her passion for her work.  I also enjoyed Kelly’s relationship with Courtney – though I wasn’t convinced by the sex or the attraction between the women.  

A refreshing change from the needy women and knights on white chargers of the chick lit and m/f worlds, this is a great book about a strong woman who has made a fascinating life for herself.   My only reservation is slightly clunky writing at the start of the story which made it a little difficult to get into.  But by 25%, I was thoroughly engrossed.  

Sarah

 FourStars

I really enjoyed this main character.  Kelly’s attitude towards life is not only refreshing, but it’s honest.  I love how much she enjoyed her job, her sassy attitude towards the misogynists she runs in to and how she has her own family in the co-workers.

Despite Kelly’s life being upended, she is able to pull herself up by her boot straps and start anew.  She used her network of friends, her brothers and even her mom, to some degree, to help figure out where she was going to begin again – where she needed to get to in order to continue on her path.  Kelly was able to dust herself off, get back on track and even set right a few wrongs.

While this wasn’t a love story, and what love was included was more of a familial love than lovers, I enjoyed how Kelly was able to be herself.  Her family life was less than ideal, but it seemed that her brothers were always there for her.

It did seem to end slightly abruptly for me, I was definitely looking for more of a conclusion, but hopefully that means that there will be more to come.

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FourStars
There must be something about the way this author writes. I liked this book more than I feel I should have. It was interesting getting in to the head of Kelly as she struggles through  some of the most tumultuous incidents in her life. In fact, I believe the book covers a week in her life, although it could be two. The only problem I had with the story, in fact, was that it didn’t seem to go anywhere. Maybe that was the point, but if so, it was a little lost on me. The book ended with most things unresolved, which, I suppose, is exactly how life really goes. But after making me care about Kelly, and go through some hardships with her, I was really wanting something to go right, to end on a positive note. I guess that’s just me. I would definitely read more about her though, and hope that she’d gotten a handle on some of the things that were going on, or at least that she was finding a way to resolve her feelings about them. I don’t know if I  would recommend it to a friend though. Most books have struggles and resolution. Kelly definitely had struggles, but I’m not sure there were any resolutions. So I liked it, but at the same time I’m sort of ambivalent about recommending it.
Amy P.
FourStars

I’ll admit that I jumped at the chance to read this after having nabbed several other books by this author. Geonn’s way of weaving scenarios grabs my attention at its very core and drags me along for the ride. I fell in love with the main character in this book almost right away, finding her strength and drive wonderful. She had a depth and realism that had me rooting for her from the first chapter. The supporting cast of characters were all well developed and entertaining, meshing with her personality perfectly.

My only complaint was the social/personal interactions she had but that is my own issue since I think I go into everything I read expecting some type of romance. If you are interested in romance or some type of romantic connection, this one isn’t for you, there is none to be had. However, the personal battles, growth and development several members of the cast go through make it a wonderful read.

Rhayne

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4.5, 4 and 3.5 Stars for Conviction (Dominion #3) by Lissa Kasey #MM #Paranormal @parisbvamp

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Title: Conviction (Dominion #3)
Author Name: Lissa Kasey
Publication Date & Length: September 11, 2015 – 242 pgs

Synopsis

Kelly Harding has become good friends with Seiran Rou, originally the only male witch to actually train in magic. Now after a couple trying months and several crazy plots to kill Seiran, Kelly suggests a ski vacation to help them all relax—even if Kelly does have to work to keep his taboo crush on Seiran’s brother, Jamie, under wraps. But their getaway becomes a fight for survival when a magic fueled blizzard strands them in the middle of nowhere…with a killer.

When visions of a tower and a dying man fueling a deadly spell begin to fill Kelly’s head, he realizes he has to try to save his new family. Jamie isn’t about to let him go alone—no matter how against a relationship with his little brother’s best friend he might be. But their goals are the same: Protect Seiran, stop the spell, and make it home in one piece. It will take a brush with death to make them understand how deep their feelings go, and none of them will make it out unchanged.

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FourandHalfStars

I will confess to being a bit hesitant to start this book after reading the first two in the series. I wasn’t sure if I could handle any more of the main character, Sei’s, whining and bitching without some kind of movement forward in healing. I was shocked in the best of ways to find this book written from the dual points of view of Kelly, Sei’s best friend and Jamie, his older brother. I had already developed a desire to get to know these two better through the previous books and this delivered beautifully.

The plot and story were wonderful and flowed in a perfect arc from beginning to end. The tension and frustration from and between Kelly and Jamie was believable and well thought out. The overall conflict was amazingly well planned and detailed and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The grammar, structure and formatting were all spot on and other than a few minor errors (which are to be expected) I couldn’t find much at all wrong with this title. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good M/M Romance with a Paranormal twist.

Rhayne

FourStars

I really enjoyed this. Told from Jamie and Kelley’s perspectives, the third Dominion book is more of a self-contained adventure than the first two books.

Seiran’s body-builder brother Jamie is a more typical leading man, though in this third book the author finally gives him enough layers to make him an interesting m/c. Kelley also develops into more than a sidekick as the story progresses and we learn more about him.

I fell in love with Seiran in the first story – his androgynous appearance and unlikely strengths make him a wonderfully unusual main character. Neither Jamie nor Kelley has the charisma I love in both Seiran and Gabe and it took me a while to embrace the two more ordinary men in Seiran’s group. Lissa Kasey is always an amazing writer, so it doesn’t take her long to to reveal Jamie and Kelley’s extraordinary qualities.

After Seiran’s slightly narcissistic whinging through Reclamation, I found Jamie and Kelley’s story lighter and the story arc easier to follow. The story is simpler than the first two; stranded at an isolated ski lodge, Jamie, Kelley, Sei and Gabe must survive baddies and a huge storm. Compared to Seiran’s internal conflicts in Reclamation this is a true action story with a much faster pace.

I hate it when a fantasy writer borrows or revisits plots from earlier stories to keep a current story going and it does happen here. Old baddies return from the dead and Kasey resurrects the idea of characters acting under magical compulsion once again. No one stays dead in a Dominion story! I would love to see fresh and imaginative plot devices in the next Dominion story.

Ultimately, Kasey continues to develop some brilliant characters. New ones are introduced and we continue to learn more about our original characters. I look forward to watching Con and Sam’s characters develop in the next book.

This isn’t a stand alone story – I think new readers would be quite confused starting with the third book. Start with Inheritance and enjoy the series from the beginning.

Sarah

ThreeStar

  So while I did like the magical paranormal parts of this story I have to be honest when I say that these two MC’s were so back and forth fighting their attraction to each other so much by the time they finally gave in I was just not that interested in it anymore sadly..
So Jamie has a brother who is very powerful and who he is very protective of. His brother Sei is also in love with a vampire named Gabe. Well I have to admit the relationship between Sei and Kelly was just so weird. I know friends are close but the way they depend on each other so much and sleep together but not sexually would make being in a relationship with either of these men awkward. At least to me it just felt more like they were together in this book then Kelly was with Jamie or Sei with Gabe. Also some of the things that Sei would say to Jamie was just rude or that was the way it came across to me.
So I did really like parts of this book and the world this author built with these characters. I just got so frustrated with Jamie and Kelly that it made it harder for this story to grab me.

So I am sad to say although I did like parts of this book this book was just not for me…

Kara

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TWO 4 Stars for Witch, Cat and Cobb by J.K. Pendragon #FF #Trans @LT3Press @JKPendragon

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Title: Witch, Cat, and Cobb
Author Name & Publisher: J.K. Pendragon (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: October 14, 2015

Synopsis

Destined for an arranged marriage she wants nothing to do with, Princess Breanwynne decides that the only option for escape is to run away. Upon the announcement of this plan, her trusted pet cat reveals he can talk by asking that she take him along. Listening to his suggestion to venture into the lair of the Swamp Witch proves to be a very bad idea, but Breanwynne would rather face a witch any day than be forced to marry a prince.

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FourStars

This short story was addicting and completely adorable. The characters grabbed me instantly and the ‘Cat’ in the title, Fen, had me chuckling from the first few lines. The interactions were well planned and some were downright funny. While there were some word repeat issues (just a habit of using a single word, in this case ‘Swamp’ several times in a few sentences) and a section near the end where things got a little muddled over who was who, overall it was well done and driven. My only major complaint is that it wasn’t longer! I loved the progression of the story and the eventual outcome. The twists provided by the author were wonderful and kept a smile on my face. I would definitely recommend this one for a quick, fun read.

Rhayne

 FourStars

This was a wonderful, light and original short novel. The three main character were quirky and believable, even the talking cat!!!
I really enjoyed the wry humour which was present throughout the novel, often making me laugh out loud. If you are looking for a novel as an escape from the mundane, even for just a short time, this is the novel for you. It was easy to read and pure escapism. We all like to believe in  fairy tales, where good is rewarded and a happy ending is inevitable, but much needed, and this novel provides all of this in abundance.
The only reason I did not give five stars was due to the naivety of the rhetoric at times, which did detract a little from what was otherwise a brilliant tale. Despite this, this is a book I would heartily recommend.
~Chris

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5, FOUR 4, ONE 3.5 and FOUR 3 Stars for Boyriend For The Weekend (Boyfriend #1) by Diana DeRicci #MM #Romance

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Title: Boyfriend For The Weekend (Boyfriend #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Diana DeRicci (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 20, 2015 – 164 pgs

Synopsis

Can pretending to be in love lead to a real forever ever after happiness?

Jayden Sindler is a member of the wedding party for his sister’s wedding and has been warned to bring someone with him to keep the single hunting women at arm’s length. Luck presents itself in the form of Nash Vargas. Invited to accompany Jayden, Nash convinces him to playact as something more believable-boyfriends.

But what happens when acting turns into real affection? And will there be a future after the weekend?

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FiveStars

This was such a good book!  This is not super long book but what you get was perfect!  I can say that I loved Nash and Jayden’s characters. Them together, I could feel how good they are for each other.  You get a little bit of angst with this book which is okay because the sweetness you get from these two more then makes up for it.  Yes Nash is young and at first you feel like he might not be mature enough to handle a relationship like this. By the end of the book I did not feel like that at all anymore, Nash is so mature for his age and you see that has you progress through this book.  The way the author wrote these two characters and this story grabbed me from the start and I could not put it down.  I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

FourStars

This book started off strong and stayed that way right to the end. The characters were enjoyable and the plot moved at a steady pace, keeping me turning pages to find out what would happen next. The sexual tension between the two main characters, and their constant attempts to ignore it, caused some entertaining moments that left me shaking my head at them. Well developed, beautifully written and a perfect mix of irritating tension, witty humor and snarky comments I would recommend it to any who enjoys M/M romance.

Rhayne

FourStars

First time reading this author and it was quite enjoyable!

Even though I don’t usually read a story with young-ish characters, the synopsis pulled me and I was pleasantly pleased with the story.

There are some realistic, heartbreaking moments and I wanted to reach into the pages and HUG Nash.
Jay and Nash were sweet and sexy and intense together. The story evolves around a wedding and I love wedding stories!! The author gives us a good mix of happy stuff and real life stuff going on. And the intimacy between Nash and Jay was perfect. I love details!!! Good, smutty details. RAWR

It is To Be Continued….. if the author does write more about this couple, I will read it!!!

Reviewer: Kimberley

FourStars

Jayden (Jay) and Nash are quite the couple.  I really liked how DeRicci started out with them developing their relationship.
There was some trauma in Nash’s past and I really enjoyed how Jay’s friend, Tim and his partner Bill, who also happens to be Nash’s cousin were so quick to protect Nash.  It seems that Jay is the real player.
I actually really enjoyed how Jay and Nash interacted.  They were shy, but also really sweet.  And, while I was a little flummoxed by Jay’s family reaction, I really, really loved how Jay handled it.
Despite the issues that Nash had, Jay and Nash’s relationship developed in to a true relationship.  I think that because they were allowed to be together in a non-pressured situation, Nash was able to relax more and learn to be OK with himself.
I do wish that at the end of the book there was no longer the insecurities, but we shall see what the next installment brings.
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FourStarsI have read many books by this author and although I enjoyed this one it did at times seemed that the characters were almost forcing themselves to feel what the author wanted them to. It did not seem to flow together like her other books I’ve read. However, I did like the story line and can’t wait to read the next installment.  I definitely fell in love with Nash. It was clear that he was very young and the author was able to portray that in the book. I have read other books with young characters but they seem to come across as much older.
~Lynn
ThreeandHalfStars

I thought the plot of the story was cute.  Taking someone to a wedding for show.  But the idea that they fell in love so quickly not even knowing each other before, was a little too unrealistic, cute, but not realistic.

Nash was abused by his father and needed a lot of self esteem. Jay was trying to help him with that.  That made for a great story. I did love how the author gave you a bit of the future for them and has you wondering what happens next for these guys.

Definitely would like to read the next installment.

Sherry

ThreeStar

I enjoyed reading most of this book. The setting was ideal for a new romance. The two main characters complimented each other, both having different strengths, both coming from different backgrounds, one totally inexperienced the other assured and confident. Together they made a fantastic couple.
The author ensured their growing feelings for each other were believable and the plot kept the reader totally engrossed and in tune with this beautiful love story.
My only criticism was towards the end of the novel. By now the author had established  Nash has having grown in both confidence and self assurance, Jayden had for the first time fallen in love, so why revert  Nash back to such immaturity and Jayden to such insecurity and change, what was a  beautifully written romance to almost an adolescent dating scene?
Chris
ThreeStar
Like the title suggests, the storys plot is about someone getting a boyfriend for the weekend and that someone was 26 yr old Jayden Sindler. He needed a date to his sister’s wedding to fend off unwanted pursuers and luckily for him, he’s introduced to 19 yr old Nash Vargas, who happened to need a small vacation after getting away from his abusive father.
I loved the idea of the story, in fact, I have a weakness for it. It was obvious that Jay and Nash are gonna end up together, cause come on …ROMANCE. It’s about their journey to getting there.
Nash was sweet, cute and needy. He needed someone to be his knight, but I didn’t feel like it should have been Jay. Jay was nice, but I couldn’t get into him. The author wrote that they’re attracted to each other, but other then stating that they like each others looks, I wasn’t buying it. That was the problem for me. I gave the story 3 stars for that.
Otherwise it was an okay read. If you like angst, sweet moments and good smexy scenes, this may be for you.
I know I started reading with too much excited expectation, so someday I’ll reread this story again. It looks like there will be a second book. I’ll read it.
Cookie
ThreeStar
I have read several books about people pretending to be in a relationship for whatever reason and enjoyed them so I was excited to read this book. At times it seemed rushed and I didn’t feel the connection between the characters. I loved how Jayden stood firm with his family when it came to Nash but I just didn’t feel the chemistry between those two. I wanted too, I really did. I honestly felt more connection with Nash and the guy he met at the wedding reception. The concept was good, but just didn’t work out for me.
Angie
ThreeStar

I enjoyed this more than I should have.  I know the story has been done before.  I know it was a mess of implausible meeting the improbable – but I really liked both Nash and Jayden.  

On the run from an abusive father, nineteen year old Nash agrees to go with his cousin’s friend to his sister’s wedding in Florida.  Twenty-six year old Jayden promises not to touch the younger man – but they find themselves wildly attracted to each other.

Part tourist advert for Florida and part toothache inducing romance, this is a happy, easy read.  If you like pretty boys in eyeliner and handsome men in tuxedos and you don’t mind a little wedding satin and tule – you’ll probably enjoy this book.  

I caught several references to 80s/90s Julia Roberts romances which is about the speed and depth of this story.  Enjoy it in the bath with a very large glass of wine.  

Sarah

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