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5 and 4 Stars for Unexpected Engagement (Unexpected #3) by Silvia Violet #MM #Military

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Title: Unexpected Engagement (Unexpected #3)
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date & Length: October 1, 2015

Synopsis

Simon McLeod was a promising young naval captain before his ship was attacked and CIA agents forced him to fake his death and join their ranks. Since that horrible night, Simon has focused on finding the men responsible for ending his career. He’s close now, but he needs help from the man he loves. The problem is Edgar is straight, has no idea how Simon feels, and threatened to strangle him the last time they were together.

After years of using his medical expertise to patch Simon up after ill-advised missions, Edgar told Simon not to come running to him anymore. Watching Simon self-destruct was too painful. But when Simon shows up on Edgar’s doorstep covered in blood, Edgar can’t turn him away. He also can’t fight the feelings he has for Simon, feelings that go way beyond friendship.

Neither man thought he’d ever truly be happy again, but if they can survive a final dangerous mission, they might be able to prove themselves wrong.

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FourStars

While I did really like this book, this one just did not grab me as much as the others did for some reason..
I did like Simon and Edgar together I just wished Simon would not have fought it so much. That got a little annoying after awhile. Then when they finally get together you do feel like these two fit together so well.
You get Edgar who Simon thinks is straight and Simon who is doing a lot of under cover missions putting his life in peril which brings him to Edgar’s over and over again.
This book had a lot of action and some sweet moments too..
So all together I really did like this book, it just took me awhile to get into this one for some reason..
I would defiantly recommend this series!
Kara
FiveStars

I loved this addition to this series. Getting to know Simon more was excellent. There was something about the way Simon cared so much for Edgar because of everything in their past that just did it for me. The angst between Edgar being ‘straight’ and Simon always putting himself in danger that kept me flipping pages.
Even at the end of the book we are still left with questions but we get a bit farther with the plot which is nice and keeps the overall storyline moving along.
Can’t wait for more!
Renee

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5 and 4.5 Stars for Unexpected Trust (Unexpected #2) by Silvia Violet #MM #Military

1.5

Title: Unexpected Trust (Unexpected #2)
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date & Length: July 17, 2014

Synopsis

Special Agent Hugh Cranford, better known as Sport, is conducting an off-the-record investigation. He’s after Danny O’Sullivan, a spy rumored to have assisted in the ambush of Sport’s former SEAL team. Danny claims he and Sport are on the same side, and the real traitor is the man Sport is working for. But Danny is a master manipulator. He’s also the most seductive man Sport has ever met. Sport can’t help being attracted to him, but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to trust him.

In his quest to bring down a few highly-placed traitors in the US government, Danny O’Sullivan has been keeping tabs on Sport. When Sport comes looking for him, Danny decides to bring Sport in on his secret mission and into his bed. Sport may not trust Danny, but he wants him. As the two men risk their lives to complete Danny’s mission, they discover neither is as strong as they like to pretend.

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FiveStars

Okay I will start this review with the way these two go at each other was so damn hot!!!!
You get Sport who is a FBI agent who is going after the men responsible for hurting his seal team, Then he meets Danny and the sparks between these two from the start… Just wow!!! Danny has his secrets too but you can also feel how much he does care for Sport. I really loved them together because not only do you get the bickering between these two which I found cute but also the way they were together in bed… All I can say is there is just something about a man who is in control in the bed who also makes sure your being cared for but at the same time giving you what you need and Sport is definitely very good at this. So I will have to say so far Sport and Danny are my favorite characters in this series!
There is a lot of action in this book which had me on the edge of my seat, some misunderstandings and some sweet moments too.
So all together I really loved this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
Kara
FourandHalfStars
OMG… LOVED this book. I loved the cloak and dagger aspects. Who is behind things and how will they work out? Along with extremely hot scenes with our two men. Both men are dealing with so much from their past that it actually gives them some common ground.
I’ll say that even though I loved Sport…. I just didn’t love the story overall for some reason. I can’t specifically put my finger on why though 🙁
I love seeing books that put spotlight on our heros that have PTSD but refuse to get help for it as it happens more than one might think.
Can’t wait to find out what Simon’s story is.
Renee

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TWO 5 Stars for Unexpected Rescue (Unexpected #1) by Silvia Violet #MM #Military

1.5

Title: Unexpected Rescue (Unexpected #1)
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date & Length: November 4, 2013 – 95 pgs

Synopsis

Shrapnel from an explosion tore up Jackson’s leg and ended his career as a Navy SEAL. Being forced into the civilian world was bad enough, but being told he’s crazy is intolerable. No matter what the doctors or anyone else tells him, he knows a supposed ally was responsible for his injury, and that same man is determined to shut Jackson up for good.

When Jackson sees a kayaker clinging to his boat from the balcony of his beach house, his instincts tell him something dire is about to happen. Jackson rescues the injured man and insists on hiding him until a former SEAL teammate arrives. As Jackson struggles with separating reality from soul-shattering flashbacks, the injured man’s compassion and growing trust tear down his barriers, and Jackson begins to wonder if his heart is as dead as he’d assumed.

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FiveStars

This was a super fast read but a really good start to this series!
Jackson was a navy seal who had been hurt by a bad man.  This person is still hunting Jackson. He is at rental trying to get away from the man who hurt him and who is currently coming after him.  That is when he sees Addy get hurt and goes after him.
There was the perfect amount of action in this book also you get the sparks between these two.
All together I really loved this novella!
I would recommend this book!
Kara
FiveStars
I LOVED this book. There is a lot of twists and surprises and it was great! The action was exciting. The pain Jackson goes through with his injury is hard to read at times, but I connected with him because of his refusal to give up when it would’ve been so much easier to take the easy way.
The chemistry was amazing, but I expect nothing less from a book by Silvia Violet.
Can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Renee

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3 stars for The Mating of Michael (Sex in Seattle #3) by Eli Easton @dreamspinners #MM #disability #contemporary

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Title: The Mating of Michael (Sex in Seattle #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Eli Easton (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 30th, 2014 — 240 pages

Synopsis

Note: This can also be read as a stand-alone title.

Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it’s cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his spare time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.

James Gallway’s life is slowly but inexorably sliding downhill. He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel at the tender age of eighteen, while bedridden with complications of polio. But by twenty-eight, he’s lost his inspiration and his will to live. His sales from his J.C. Guise books have been in decline for years. Wheelchair bound, James has isolated himself, convinced he is unlovable. When he is forced to do a book signing and meets Michael Lamont, he can’t believe a guy who looks like Michael could be interested in a man like him.

Michael and James are made for each other. But they must let go of stubbornness to see that life finds a way and love has no limitations.

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ThreeStar

I have some really mixed feelings about this. There were parts I loved and thought were wonderful, and there were parts that made me want to scream in frustration.

If it were not for the things I disliked, this would have been a fantastic romance. I appreciated the way James’ feelings about his disability were handled, and I loved how he and Michael were together. Seeing both of them slowly unfold was terrific.

While it may not have appealed to some, I thought the sex surrogacy aspect was also interesting. It’s not a subject often discussed. This was one time when I felt it made sense that Michael was keeping it a secret, and it made for some good tension.

The sex scenes between Michael and James were terrific. They were really steamy but not too descriptive for my personal taste. They were also intensely loving, which is one of my favorite types. Great combination of sweet and hot, and I thought James’ feelings throughout were woven in very well.

That said, I think some of those things were still handled far less delicately than they should have been. First, Michael stalked James–which is really creepy. He also definitely had a “thing” for people with disabilities, regardless of how much he tried to avoid saying it directly. I found him really condescending toward his clients.

I was really annoyed with the way Michael’s job as a nurse was portrayed. A nurse working in people’s homes generally does not spend 8 hours with a single client on weekdays only, and I have never heard of a high schooler being hired as a nurse’s aide, particularly with absolutely no training. It threw me out of the story because it was so unrealistic.

The whole huge blow-up between Michael and James was really ridiculous, and despite it being entirely Michael’s fault, his “minions” showed up to badger James into taking him back. It really felt like they all had decided they knew better than the disabled person, which is a big, fat no for me. The epilogue was cringe-worthy for a lot of the same reasons.

I’m past the point where I want to give points just for writing about disability. I would love for it to be written about in a way that doesn’t imply only a certain type of person could ever love someone disabled (for example an empathetic sex surrogate). This story gets thumbs up for the middle part being romantic, sweet, and sexy and thumbs down for the rest, so it averages out.
~AmyM

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3.5 stars for The World As He Sees It (Perspectives #2) by A.M. Arthur (GIVEAWAY & AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Romance @am_arthur

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Title: The World As He Sees It (Perspectives #2) – Standalone
Author Name & Publisher: A.M. Arthur (Samhain Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 20, 2015 – 283 pgs

Synopsis

Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.

Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.

Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.

Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.

A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.

Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…

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ThreeandHalfStars

I picked this one because the plot–about Tristan’s traumatic brain injury–interested me. I like when a story features a character who is not able-bodied. I ended up liking but not loving this one.

First, the good. The author is really skilled with some complex themes, particularly about family interactions. As a romance and a story about friendship and family, this worked very well. The pacing of the relationship between Tristan and Gabe was great–not instant love, but it didn’t take the whole book for them to fall for each other, either.

I loved that Debbie went from being awful and scary to someone we could begin to respect. Her storyline wrapped up a bit tidily, but in general it was good. I thought the dynamic between her and Gabe was really well-written. I typically dislike the Horrible Mom trope, but it actually worked perfectly here.

As for what I wasn’t fond of, this didn’t work for me as a story about disability. It was clearly well-researched, but the things that stuck out to me were that Gabe’s initial interest in Tristan was a sort of fascination with his disability–not his looks or his personality. While I got Gabe’s fixation on “rescuing,” I was put off by that aspect and how it continued in various ways in their relationship. I was also underwhelmed by the almost-miracle-cure Tristan found in the trial drug.

There was a bit of a preachy tone (possibly unintentional?) about Gabe and Shane’s work in the sex industry–implying they were supposed to get out once they had “real” relationships. Gabe admitted to it, but I was bothered by his double standard that his potential boyfriends had to accept it but he would never date a porn star himself.

I did end up skipping or skimming over the extremely long and descriptive sex scenes. They didn’t really add much, and I didn’t particularly care. Event though the writing was good, I felt like the same could be said about a lot of scenes–they simply didn’t do anything to move the plot; they were just more back and forth about what things everyone felt they were entitled to hide from Tristan because he wouldn’t remember and they didn’t trust him not to continually get upset by every reminder of everything ever. It got a bit tedious.

Overall, this wasn’t bad, and it was definitely different from the usual romance. I think the problem may have been a story which tried to do too much with too many different angles and tried to explain too many of the details rather than letting them unfold through the story.

~Amy

Excerpt

The late hour didn’t diminish the sweltering August heat, and Tristan worked up a good sweat walking. Shane and Noel both looked crazy sexy in their club clothes, and even sexier walking side by side. He was happy for Noel. Happy his best friend was in love and enjoying himself.

He was also stupidly, insanely jealous.

He stuck close with his stupid, insane jealousy because the streets were teeming with people of all ages, heading into and out of the different restaurants and clubs. They turned down a quieter side street that was more like an alley. Halfway down the block a few guys hung out against a stone wall, most of them smoking cigarettes. An industrial door with no sign or markings was being guarded by a big, burly bear of a man in a black leather vest.

“Hey, Officer Carlson,” the bouncer said. He had a deep voice to match his broad body. “Nice to see you again.”

“Hi, Mr. Henson,” Noel said.

“Bear, son. Everyone calls me Bear.”

“Right. This is my friend Tristan Lavelle.”

“A right pleasure.”

Tristan shook Bear’s hand, surprised by the gentle grip. “Hi.” He glanced at Shane, who didn’t seem at all annoyed at being left out. “Um, that’s Shane. Noel’s boyfriend.”

Bear grinned. “Yeah, I know that one all right.”

“You do?” He reached for a notebook he didn’t have, then looked at Noel for answers.

“Shane dances here once a week,” Noel said. “He got the job through Bear’s son Gabe.”

“Oh.” He didn’t bother asking if he’d already been told that. Probably. Every single piece of information that was mildly important to his life had been repeated to him at least, oh, eighteen times. Minimum.

“Enjoy yourselves, boys,” Bear said. “First drinks are on the house.”

“Thank you,” Tristan replied.

Noel pulled the door, and what had been a distant bass became an impressive thumpa-thumpa in Tristan’s chest. The interior of the club was wide and deep, with a high ceiling decorated in strands of red and blue lights. Strobes and other lighting flashed around the dance floor, which seemed to make up most of the floor space. A small U-shaped bar stood to the right. In the rear were what looked like raised platforms. Two hot guys in red short-shorts were gyrating together on one of them.

This is the kind of dancing Shane does? Shit.

He was probably twenty kinds of hot up there.

Someone jostled past them, reminding Tristan to keep moving forward. Noel was hustling them straight for the bar. Tristan couldn’t drink alcohol because of his antidepressants and anxiety medications, and Noel was driving so the only person able to drink much was Shane.

Lucky bastard.

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TWO 4 and 3 Stars for I Survived Seattle (Coming About #1) by J.K. Hogan #MM #Romance @JK_Hogan

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Title: I Survived Seattle (Coming About #1)
Author Name & Publisher: J.K. Hogan (Wilde City Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 19, 2014 – 161 pgs

Synopsis

As if being a deeply closeted gay man living in the South isn’t enough, Justice Crawford also suffers from a crippling anxiety disorder. Flying cross country to be the best man in his best friend’s wedding probably isn’t the best idea, right? Forced back into the closet after being rejected by his family, Justice has given up on the idea of finding acceptance and love. He has allowed his disorder and his troubled past to keep him from taking a chance, but love might just find him where he least expects it… in Seattle.

Sailor and charter boat captain Nic Valentine is still reeling from the unexpected death of his father, when the man of his dreams—literally—falls into his lap. He thinks he’ll never see the man again, but fate has other plans. Nic tries to resist the charms of adorably quirky, nervous Justice, because he has no desire to get tangled up with another closet case. But when life keeps throwing them together, will Nic decide that Justice might be a keeper after all?

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FourStars

Justice and Nic’s story has some beautiful moments.  Their early meetings feel fated and Nic’s calm reserve is a wonderful contrast for Justice’s anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.

I loved Nic – the sailor is pretty much the perfect man.  A past relationship has left him bruised and wary, but his pursuit of Justice is wonderful.

I struggled to warm to Justice.  His closeted angst didn’t ring true for a 28 year-old in Seattle.  I felt the author exaggerated his discomfort with his sexuality to add conflict and intrigue to her plot.  His clinical anxiety was enough without stuffing the poor man into a closet.

Justice’s relationship with his family was also difficult for me to believe.  After an awful adolescence, his new-found intimacy with his mother didn’t ring true at all.  This series seems to have good guys and bad guys, friends and enemies, allowing little room for the shades of grey that most human behaviour and relationships exist within.  

I read this series out of order, and I found that I really enjoyed catching up with characters from the other books in this one.  This series is interconnected, not purely sequential, so each book works alone and all of the books play together without giving too much away.  

This book does set the stage for the series.  We get to see the whole group of friends together for Rory’s wedding before later books focus on individual characters.  Having read ahead, I liked seeing how characters have grown since this first book.  

Nic is one of my favourite characters in the series, and I’m glad Justice eventually makes him happy.  I couldn’t have read a whole story purely focused on Justice, but wrapped in the confines of such a good series and matched with my dream guy, I didn’t mind him too much at all.  

Sarah

ThreeStar

Well I liked parts of this book but I did not love it!  Let me tell you why… All the drama in this book felt like what I would see in high school aged kids not adult men. So that knocked it down a little bit for me otherwise I did like Justice.  Some of the things he would say, he had a serious foot in mouth problem but you could not help laughing a little and being embarrassed for him because you knew he did not mean to say that.  I liked Nic’s character also.  You definitely feel like these two fit together. There was a few very hot scenes in this book also!  So all together I liked this book but the drama I just felt like was too much…

Kara

 FourStarsI was given this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book and it was my first book by J.K. Hogan. I really like Justice and loved Nic. Justice had many issues, from anxiety disorder, panic attacks and he was still in the closet. Nic and Justice had an almost instant attraction and I felt it was very believable. I loved how Justice was able to handle his anxiety by just being on the water. What I didn’t like was how the author was made Rich into the bad guy. You could clearly see he had issues himself. I absolutely loved the ending and how the author was able to bring Nic and Justice back together again and loved that Justice was able to have a relationship with his mother.

Absolutely would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light read. Can’t wait to read the next book.

~Lynn

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5, 4.5 and 4 Stars for Unbreak Broken (Coming About #3) by J.K. Hogan #MM #Romance @JK_Hogan

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Title: Unbreak Broken (Coming About #3)
Author Name & Publisher: J.K. Hogan (Wild City Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 16, 2015 – 98,000 Words

Synopsis

Rory Donovan’s life is a hot mess. His marriage is failing and he’s in intensive psychotherapy, working through the unfortunate side effects of memories from a childhood trauma. The only thing good in his life right now is his job—teaching photography to gifted high school students.

Harbor Patrol officer Bennett Foster is co-parenting his teenage daughter with his high school best friend Jessie. When he meets Addison’s teacher and realizes they’ve met before, he can’t get the sexy stranger out of his head.

Striking up a sexual-tension-filled friendship, together they must help an angsty teenager deal with a dying friend. Bennett must keep his little family from falling apart while Rory struggles to come to terms with his new reality. Somewhere along the way, most unexpectedly…love happens.

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FiveStars

What a wonderful story!  Drowning in a failed marriage, Rory turns to his therapist to help him understand himself and his sexual hang-ups.  Rory also teaches high school photography and life keeps throwing him together with the father of one of his students.

Bennett and Rory are drawn to each other from the start.  Gently, Bennett helps Rory re-discover his sexuality and discover his attraction to men.  The relationship grows slowly as Rory becomes more comfortable with himself and his sexuality.  

This is another story featuring slightly older leading men.  I really enjoy the complexity that older characters bring to a romance.  Both Bennett and Rory are intricate, beautifully drawn men.  I love Bennett’s family and I really enjoyed reading about Rory’s job.  I love his pupils and his passion for photography.

This story is beautifully written.  If the men didn’t have to work through so many important issues to make a relationship work, I would argue that the ending is just a little too perfect and a little too saccharine.  But these men do overcome a great deal to be together and I enjoyed every moment of their story.

Sarah

FourStars

First you see Rory in this book trying to figure out why his marriage was failing. He is married to a woman named Maia and for some reason he has no sexual desire with her and he can not figure out why.  He goes to a counselor and tries to get help but they end up separating because Maia deserved more. The counselor also helps him figure out it was something in his past that made him feel this way.
Then he meets Bennett and the sparks fly between these two as soon as they meet.  Bennett is the father of one of Rory’s students in his photo class.  Bennett helps Rory figure out that there was nothing wrong with him sexually, it was just he was attracted to men not woman.
I really liked this book!
I think Rory and Bennett were very good together.  They work through a lot of what Rory is going through trying to figure out why he feels the way he does together.
Something bad happens to Rory in this book and Bennett was there for them taking care of him the whole time.
So all together I really liked this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
Kara

FourandHalfStarsI was given this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

This series just keeps getting better and better. In this story the author shows how Rory was able to overcome many issues, from childhood trauma to suddenly realizing he was gay. He was able to overcome it all and he was able to start a new relationship. I love the interactions between Rory and Bennett and loved how the author was able to bring Bennett’s daughter and best friend into the story. There was a story behind the original story and I loved how Rory was able to help many of the kids at his school.

The author was able to bring angst and love to this story and make it believable.  I cried when Rory was telling his story to his therapist and then cried again when Rory came up with the idea to have a benefit to help one of the students at his school. Who just happens to be Addison’s soul mate. He even helped his therapist son.  I’m hoping there will be a next installment (maybe Neil, Bennett’s work partner).

~Lynn

ExcerptDr. Conlan treated me to a rare fond smile, almost motherly in its warmth. “I’m pleased to see you happier than you have been.”

I grinned back, but then my brow furrowed. “Does this make me gay?”

“Does that matter?”

“I don’t know. Should it?”

“I’ll never understand the fascination with labeling things that our society seems to have. To me, sexuality is as intangible as the universe. There’s no way to truly know what’s out there, and how it all relates to everything else.

“As humans, we seek to know, to understand, and somehow we feel that putting things in boxes and labeling helps us do that. But some things are fluid, changing and developing with the tide of the evolution of life. Do me a favor, Rory. Don’t put yourself in a box.”

I was dumbfounded, stunned speechless. I knew I’d remember Dr. Conlan’s words for the rest of my life, and I would try to stay as true to them as I could. “I won’t,” I whispered.

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