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5 Star, 4.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Out in the Open (Browerton University #1) by A.J. Truman #MM #NewAdult

CoverTitle: Out in the Open (Browerton University #1)
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Truman
Publication Date & Length: September 30, 2014 – 281 pgs

Synopsis

Libraries are meant for studying – not sex

College sophomore Ethan Follett never says what’s on his mind and never wants to rock the boat. After a high school social life spent anonymous and alone, things are finally falling into place for him. He’s found a group of friends just as studious as he, and is on track for a promising legal career. Out in the open, things couldn’t be better, but secretly Ethan yearns for some real excitement in his life.

He finds it in cocky fratboy Greg Sanderson, who challenges every rigid, preconceived notion Ethan lives by. Soon, their sparring relationship turns sexual, and these enemies-with-benefits get their freak on all over campus. Yet the more Ethan comes out of his shell, the more Greg retreats into his, working overtime to keep his ladies man public persona intact. As the sex gets hotter, and they get closer to getting caught, one part of their arrangement can’t stay hidden any longer: love.

OUT IN THE OPEN is a M/M new adult romance filled with humor, heart, and hot guys. The book is intended for audiences 18+ as it contains explicit sex and language.

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FiveStars

What is it like to be a professional baseball player and to be in the closet? Well that is what this book is exactly about. It is not always easy to gay out in theopen because so many people are negative about it but to be a professional baseball player in a game where it is not always easy to let you guard down because you do not know who will turn on you or who is homophobic, it does not make it easy for two players that have stayed in the closet for this very reason. Both Matt and Iggy are professional ball players and both are in the closet and both are in a relationship together.

This in my opinion is a book about finally having the courage to stand up for what you believe in. It should not matter if a player is gay or not but that sometimes is just not the reality because of fear of coming out.

Once Matt retires and decides to finally come clean about his sexual status due to wanting to live in the open and no longer lie about it, it changes things for Iggy and gives him the courage to do the same even though he is still an active player. These two men love each other so much. They encourage one another to follow their dreams and desires regardless of what others may think. They stand behind one another’s decisions and they lend each other support when the other needs it. Most of all they do not let negativity in the world come between them, they do the opposite and give each other strengths and love.

This was a very good read and I enjoyed every bit of it. It is a very inspirational story and I only hope others enjoy it as much as I did.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

Well, that was a flashback to my college time, and blushing at the memories. This story was well written and brought a real-life feel to college days. Oh things that we did….ok, time to move on before I get all flushed.
 
I really enjoyed Ethan and Greg. I felt like I was on an old-fashion balancing scale. The scale was heavily tipped one way at the beginning. While Greg got Ethan to open up and grow out of his shell, the scale started to balance and the two were having all sorts of physical fun all across campus. The chemistry between these two was hot and intense. I enjoyed the casual time the two shared, like sitting on the grass outside of a coffee shop and just opening themselves up. But as Ethan grew into himself, Greg started closing up and the scale started to tip the other way. Just when we thought Ethan and Greg were done (and you start not liking Greg), something happens and Greg is there to rescue Ethan. Greg sees how much he has hurt Ethan, and truly accepts himself for who he is and what he wants to do and the scale is balanced in the world.
 
Greg got bonus points for wanting to be a special education teacher, as I am one too. 🙂 The ending did seem a little rushed but after the build up, the crush, and rooting for them, you just were happy that they had each other.
 
This story is told from Ethan’s POV, and we get to see his character development from the inside and how matures and becomes a social little butterfly. I wished we could have had Greg’s POV at times, but it all worked out perfectly.
 
Overall, this was a low angst, fun loving, sexy romance read. I read it in one sitting as I could not stop wanting to know where all over campus they were spending smexy times. This is shaping up to be a fabulous series.
Keri
ThreeStar
A sweet, fun read about two college guys turning from enemies to lovers. Greg pushes all Ethan’s boundries and they’re hot together. Greg is the life of the party while Ethan whats to be more like Greg, but he’s insecure. Overall it’s like a coming of age story in a college life.
Greg’s a closet case so there’s a lot of hot and cold towards his relationship with Ethan. I felt bad for that and got annoyed. Still, fun read.
Cookie

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5 Star Review for Yellowbelly Hero (Heroes at Heart #1) by Susan Laine #MM #College

CoverTitle: Yellowbelly Hero (Heroes at Heart #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Susan Laine (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 5, 2015 – 83 pgs

Synopsis
Yancy Bell was bullied in high school for being a yellowbelly, not because of any cowardice, but because of his nervous bladder condition. It’s Yancy’s first year in college, and he’s hoping to make a fresh start.

Three days before Christmas, the campus is empty. Having to pee on a midwinter night leads Yancy to meet Curt Donovan huddled in a dark shower stall. Curt’s a troubled jock whose coming out went badly, so he plans to end it all.

But Yancy adamantly refuses to let Curt go through with his irrevocable plan. With just one dark night to talk Curt around, Yancy has to win the trust of a stranger who only sees one way out.

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FiveStarsThis is a short story that is too close to being a reality for so many in this situation. Susan Laine held nothing back in this story when it came to the emotions of feeling so utterly alone, useless, and pretty much numb inside. This is a story about Curt feeling all these emotions and so much more that he felt as if he nothing left to live for.

Yancy is s very brave individual because he could have looked the other way or turned and walked away without giving it a second thought. He could have thought to himself that this is not his problem so who cares but he didn’t. Yancheng felt as if something was wrong and knew he could not leave it as it was. He did not have a clue what he was walking into but he choose to be a decent human being and offered his help. That is what makes him a hero because he did not let the fact that Curt could have possibly tried to harm him stand in the way of offering friendship and an ear and shoulder to cry on. He was there when no one else was.

I stated in the beginning of this post that this book could be a reality and I feel that is a true statement on my part because there are so many people out there in the world that feel as if they have nothing to live for and I think that it is very commendable of Susan Laine to put this situation into a story for others to read because so many people are scared or turn a blind eye on topics of sensitive nature such as this story. And this story was done with such compassion. It is truly an amazing read.

Tosha

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5 Star Review for Yellow Streak (Heroes at Heart #2) by Susan Laine #MM #College

CoverTitle: Yellow Streak (Heroes at Heart #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Susan Laine (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 11, 2015 – 82 pgs

Synopsis
Yancy Bell, a book geek with a bladder problem, saved the life of suicidal gay jock Curt Donovan. But when Curt returns to college after the Christmas holidays pretending he doesn’t know Yancy, warning bells go off.

Has a frightened Curt decided the safety of the closet is preferable to coming out? A remorseful Curt comes knocking on Yancy’s door in the dead of the night. Yancy wants to help Curt find the courage to proudly be himself and pursue his dreams, but first Curt needs to come to terms with his past acts. Yancy can only hope their reunion ends in light, not darkness.

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FiveStarsAfter reading book one and before readin book two I stupidly thought that these two men where over the hard parts as far as leaving behind the suicide attempt and coming out part since Curt had already came out to his family, but I was wrong and soon learned that in book two of this series.

At first when I started reading book two I was really upset with Curt because he pretty much dropped out of Yancy’s life once he left for his brothers house the night after Yancy’s was there for Curt and prevented him from doing something that could never be undone. I was upset with Curr because I thought that after Yancy acted so unselfishly that Curt had used him and decided he could do better without Yancy and that he was going to let his fear control him. And honestly at first that may have been the case but I think that Curt finally maned up and decided to choose happiness instead of fear and the what ifs.

Of Yancy is still my little hero because he once again out himself out there in sake of Curt and decided to forgive him for the way he treated him. He decided that even if it was only a moment of happiness he got with Curt that it was worth it more then if he shut himself down to the chance at love. I think that because Yancy showed courage over and over again, it helped Curt to be courageous also and come out to his two closest friends whether he loses them or not and he gave Curt the courage to go for his dreams of being a dancer also.

This series in my opinion is definitely a series that shows that we all have insecurities and there are times we all want to give up but even with that said, there is someone out there that believes in us no matter what and loves us in spite of our insecurities. Cannot wait till the next book in the series.

Tosha

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3 Stars for Hiding Things by S.C. Wynne #MM #NewAdult @scwynne1

1.5

Title: Hiding Things
Author Name & Publisher: S.C. Wynne (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length:September 23, 2015 – 71 pgs

Synopsis

Mason Downing is good at a lot of things, but math isn’t one of them. What he is good at is hiding the fact that he’s a poor kid on a full scholarship at elite Bragson University—though he won’t be there for long if he can’t get his grades up.

Carter Lantor is the embodiment of all that Mason pretends to be: rich, confident, and smart. But when Carter is handpicked to be Mason’s new math tutor, Mason learns that he’s not the only one hiding things. Soon, Carter’s picture-perfect façade begins to crack under the pressure of his father’s expectations and his own unhappiness.

Together, Mason and Carter must teach each other that no matter how much they question their place in the world, their love for one another might be the answer they are looking for.

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ThreeStar

I don’t really know what to say. This was a short story that just couldn’t capture my attention. It did have some editing errors and sometimes that is just too distracting for me. I mean, why you would have the first two chapters basically the same just in a different POV is beyond me.  To me that is just wasting pages. This has me very sad because this was my first book by this author and I had high hopes. Not sure if I’ll read anymore of her books.

Lynn

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5 Stars for Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #GayForYou

1.5

Title: Not Just Friends
Author Name & Publisher: Jay Northcote (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 24, 2014 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis is not prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max—given that Lewis had always assumed he was straight. Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction.

When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. But after a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends. Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents, and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.

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FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**

Oh… I loved this book. Being at Uni and figuring out who you are.
This was a touch of gay for you, but there was a hint of having been gay before but not having acted on it or really acknowledged it at the time.
Max was hard to understand at times, but he’d been hurt and was dealing with a relationship while trying to handle the budding feelings for Lewis, who wasn’t sure what he wanted.
The two men together was super hot and their feelings and relationships slow growth was amazing. Watching them go from flat mates to friends to friends with benefits to more and all the ups and downs and back and forths that happen.
I believe it was my first Matthew Davies narrated book and he did an awesome job.
Renee

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5 Stars for Plan B by S.J.D. Peterson (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #NewAdult @SJDPeterson

1.5

Title: Plan B
Author Name & Publisher: S.J.D. Peterson (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 6, 2013 – 182 pgs

Synopsis

Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he’s immediately attracted to Danny’s feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance’s first man-on-man experiment—until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.

Lance’s whole life has been focused on his goal of playing in the NFL, and he knows those dreams will be smashed if anyone finds out about his little secret. Although Lance has come to hunger for Danny’s touch, he’s not willing to give Danny what he’s grown to crave: a boyfriend who’s proud to love him for every flamboyant and snarky cell in his body.

Life sends Danny and Lance in different directions, each of them focused on his respective Plan A. But the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

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*AUDIOBOOK REVIEW*
Well, it’s been a while since I picked up an SJD Peterson book, but this one reminded me so much of why I love her books. It was very interesting and different, while having a similar theme to so many other books. (You know the whole, gay for you, but not willing to come out for you thing)
There seemed to be a lot of roller coaster moments in this book… Just when things get too good… You simply know it’s going to have to crash… I was pulled in and connected to both characters for a variety of reasons and was pulled along for the rid.
I don’t know that this book will resonate with everyone as Danny is quite feminine at times, but it totally worked for me.
Renee

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4 Stars for Wood, Screws, and Nails (Hard Hats #1) by Piper Vaughn and Kade Boehme #MM #Erotica @pipervaughn @Kaderadenurface

1.5

Title: Wood, Screws, & Nails (Hard Hats #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Piper Vaughn & Kade Boehme (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 23, 2014 – 166pgs

Synopsis

Aaron Costa’s summer was all planned. Despite having to remodel the family lake house, it would be a vacation of sorts, and he had every intention of enjoying it—until the friend who was supposed to help him got injured and left him in a lurch. He decides to take the opportunity to bond with his son and hires Julian and his roommate, Malachi, to assist.

As a broke college student, Malachi could use the money, and spending the summer with Aaron for eye candy sounds like a dream. “Look but don’t touch” becomes his motto. But when Julian starts flaking on his responsibilities and Malachi and Aaron are forced to spend long hours alone together, their mutual attraction is impossible to resist.

Aaron can’t fight the temptation sexy Malachi presents. But more than their age difference stands in their way, not the least of which is Aaron’s semi-closeted status and the fact that he’s never openly discussed his sexuality with his son. He has no idea how Julian will react when he learns his father is not only gay, he’s also dating his best friend.

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FourStars

This was a cute book. While there were some tense moments, the whole story overall is lighthearted and sexy. I loved the May/December aspect as it was well played upon.
I think the romance revved up just right for the situation and the characters. Boy when it got going it was quite hot.
However, it was a bit predictable and everything was so easily solved.The biggest part that turned me off was the way Julian was such a brat and then had a sudden turn and while it was partially explained, it wasn’t enough for me for his attiude or maybe I just wanted him to apologize for being such a slacker. Also, there were a few times the time line would jump, like saying there was only a week left, then two weeks and then back to one week.
However, overall, a nice light, sweet read that I enjoyed.
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Inked Rainbow Reads.
Renee

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