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4.5, 4, and 3 Star Reviews for How the Cookie Crumbles (Bluewater Bay #12) by Jaime Samms #MM #Romance

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Title: How the Cookie Crumbles (Bluewater Bay #12)
Author Name & Publisher: Jaime Samms (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 13, 2016 – 345 pgs

Synopsis

After losing a rigged cooking show competition — and a potential lover — to another baker, Frederic Jackson packs up his considerable baggage and moves to Bluewater Bay. He uses the network’s hush money to buy a new bakery where he hopes the small town’s revitalized economy will let him start anew.

Blaire Caruthers never wanted to work for his father at Caruthers Industries. He should have known that fixing the company’s show results was a mistake, and that choosing another man over kind, generous Frederic was an even bigger one. But the damage is done. As punishment, he’s been sent to Bluewater Bay to oversee the company’s interest in Wolf’s Landing merchandise.

Stuck in a small, nowhere town doing a job he hates, Blaire wants nothing more than to prove to Frederic he’s changed. However, Frederic struggles to trust the man who betrayed him once already. As Blaire loses ground with his father, and Frederic starts falling back into self-destructive habits, they both have to find the balance and control that’s been missing from their lives.

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FourandHalfStars

This is part of the Bluewater Bay series but can be read as a stand-alone and you will still enjoy it. In this story we have Fredrick and Blaire, who were a second chance kind of love. In the beginning I did not like Blaire but immediately fell in love with Fredrick. Then I realize Blaire was just trying to prove to Fredrick that he had changed. All-in-all this book really fit in with the Bluewater Bay series and I absolutely loved it but then I love Jaime Samms. I hope this series continues as I love to see the men of Bluewater Bay falling in love.

Lynn

FourStars

I have only read 1 book in this series, prior to reading this one.  Samms is a wonderful author, so I decided to read some more.

I did really enjoy this story.  I didn’t feel that I was missing anything – it was a complete story and despite not having read the previous books directly leading up to this one, I was never lost on who the characters were or what they were dealing with.

I really enjoyed Frederic.  He was spunky, dedicated, loveable and snarky all wrapped in what I can only imagine was a wonderful sugary smell.  His work ethic was obsessional and despite being a very successful baker, he was always seeking more.  I don’t know if he was intent on driving himself crazy, but he was hurting on the inside and when he was unable to really put words to his feelings, they came out in the form of baked goods.  I do wish that he had made more peace with his family situation – that he had been more completed with the outcome, but I felt that he was left kind of standing on a precipice of what might have been.

Then you have Blaire.  He is successful, smart, sexy and not altogether very happy with his choices in life.  While he knows that the choices he made were wrong, I love how he was dedicated in helping Frederic succeed, even if it was from behind the scenes.  I really wanted to throttle him with some of his choices and even how he wanted to go about winning Frederic back… Really?!?!  It was like he was moving too fast for his brain to keep up!

The secondary characters in this book only enhanced the story.  Even those that I was not too fond of – Lee and Vince helped create this picture of community.

Then, when you believe that all else will come together, more wrenches, more twists and then finally, a somewhat satisfactory resolution.  I wanted more yelling at a certain character and more throttling to occur, but alas, I will not get that.

Overall, this was a cute, sweet story about standing up for what you believe in, who you love and your family.

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ThreeStar

This is another sweet romance in the Bluewater Bay series. New Bluewater baker Frederick is a great character. Talented, bull-headed and working himself into the ground to support his family, it is impossible not to love him. Blaine took a little longer to love. He works for his wealthy, corrupt father. He has already cheated on Frederick once. Never mind love – it took me a while to trust him.

The connections to Wolf’s Landing are loose in this twelfth book. Blaine’s father’s company is somehow involved in production and Blaine himself is involved in merchandising for the show. While I loved the bakery scenes, I found myself skimming the detailed descriptions of Blaine’s job.

In this story, Bluewater Bay presents as a small Pacific town that is gentrifying quickly. I love all the different angles Bluewater Bay has been written from and the geekiest part of me enjoys piecing together characters and timelines across the various authors’ books.

While Frederick and Blaine are quite damaged characters at the start, I loved the warmth of Frederick’s customers and the sense of small town community that shines through this story. And the baking is absolutely sumptuous.

Together, Frederick and Blaine are not my favourite Bluewater Bay couple. Too many artificial barriers are put in their way and too much manufactured angst is added to draw the story out to novel length. Disproportionate miscommunications and the standard M/M hospital-emergency-brings-clarity plot enhancer lengthen the story but don’t necessarily add anything to the central relationship.

Overall, I enjoyed the romance and I enjoyed returning to Bluewater Bay for another gentle romance.

Sarah

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NEW REVIEW: 4 stars Stars for Truth and Consequences (Sixth Sense #3) by Sarah Madison (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Parnormal @SarahMadisonFic

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Title: Truth and Consequences (Sixth Sense #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Sarah Madison (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 14, 2015 – 258 pgs

Synopsis

When FBI agent Jerry Lee Parker wakes from a coma after a murderous attack on his life, he has no memory of his immediate past. In the blink of an eye, he has gone from having a nearly photographic memory to recalling nothing of the last six months of his life, including his partner and lover, John Flynn. While Lee tries to reboot his past and reconnect with John, there are events at play around him he doesn’t understand. John is keeping secrets from him, secrets which could get them both killed.

Matters come to a head when Lee is hounded to turn over a mysterious artifact, of which he has no knowledge. The two men wind up in a fight for their lives as they risk everything to keep the powerful relic out of the hands of a ruthless killer. In order to protect those he loves, however, John may be forced to make a deal with the devil.

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FourStarsI enjoyed this book a little more than the others but it still had problems for me. I just could not get into calling Jerry, Lee. It made me think we had a new character but I knew there wasn’t.  However, there was still basically no reference to the unsolved serial killer case that brought Flynn into the book. I really think the author needs to address this issue. That being said I enjoyed the basics of this book but am still confused by the name of it. I also enjoyed the author writing style and loved both Jerry (Lee) and Flynn. I loved Jerry’s (Lee’s) dry humor and that still come to light in this book even though he has lost some of his memory. It was great to meet Flynn mother and loved her from the beginning. Overall a really great book.

~Lynn

Excerpt

I knew the moment John walked into the bar. It was like my sonar pinged, my radar lit up—you name it.

I heard the door open, and without turning around, I knew it was him because the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Because something in my gut tightened, and my cock lifted in earnest. I watched him in the mirror as he scanned the room, locked in on my presence, and stalked toward me like a panther in a pen full of sheep. Everyone else in the room was aware of him as well. I practically preened when he came up beside me. He took a seat and signaled the bartender, who came over with flattering attention.

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5 Stars for Chaser (Chaser #1) by Rick R. Reed (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #Romance

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Title: Chaser (Chaser #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Rick R. Reed (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 24, 2012 – 224 pgs

Synopsis

Caden DeSarro is what they call a chubby chaser. He likes his guys with a few extra pounds on them. So when he meets Kevin Dodge in a bar bathroom, he can’t help but stare, even if he does make an ass of himself. As far as Caden is concerned, Kevin is physically perfect: a stocky bearded blond with a dick that’s just right. (They met in the bathroom—of course he looked!) But Caden gets tongue-tied and misses his chance.

When Caden runs into Kevin one night on the El train, he figures it’s fate offering him a second shot. Caden manages to get invited back to Kevin’s place for a one-night stand that turns into the kind of relationship he’s dreamed about.

But the course of true love never did run smooth, and Kevin and Caden’s romance is no exception. When Caden returns from a few weeks away on business, Kevin surprises him with a new and “improved” body—one that fits Caden’s shallow friend Bobby’s ideal, not Caden’s. Caden doesn’t know what to do, and his hesitation is just the opportunity Bobby was looking for. This isn’t the same Kevin he fell in love with… is it?

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FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
This is such a good story. I was a bit sickened at times by some of the behavior of Bobby, but the two men who were trying to figure out if there was more to appearances that made their relationship was excellent.
I’ve never heard/read a Rick Reed story before but I really enjoyed the way he wrote the characters and the drama that they went through.
Really the underlying point of this book is that appearances aren’t everything and love is more than skin deep.
John Solo did an excellent job with the narration as well bring together an excellent audiobook!!
Renee

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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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4.5 Stars for The Opera House by Hans M. Hirschi #MM #Romance @Hans_Hirschi

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Title: The Opera House
Author Name & Publisher: Hans M. Hirschi (Beaten Track Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 13, 2013 – 268 pgs

Synopsis

Raphael doesn’t believe in a higher power, or in anything, for that matter. After the death of his son, his life shattered, Raphael regrets that he didn’t lie about some perfect paradise, and he pushes away everything that once mattered to him-his lover, his job, his reputation as a top architect. Then he meets Brian, a homeless, maybe hopeless kid, a street kid. When he disappears, Raphael realizes that he cannot fail another person, and he launches a full-out search. What he finds both breaks his heart and begins to heal it. The price of saving Brian is high, maybe too high. But Raphael is no stranger to sacrifice, and he’ll risk everything to save Brian and reunite with the man Raphael now loves. The question is-how? Like the architecture of the opera house Raphael designs, the steps to regaining his life will depend not just on careful planning, but faith, hope, and maybe just the magic of love.

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FourandHalfStars

This story was in some turns heartbreaking and in others uplifting. First be prepared, have plenty of tissue handy because if you don’t cry then you have no empathy.  The author was able to take this story and weave it into something amazing. I can’t imagine losing a child. The author was able to be bring across every emotion across the pages of this book. I would highly recommend this to everyone. Absolutely great!!

Lynn

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5 and 4 Stars for Hook, Line, & Sinker (Hard Hats #2) by Piper Vaughn #MM #Erotica @dreamspinners @pipervaughn

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Title: Hook, Line & Sinker (Hard Hats #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Piper Vaughn (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 19, 2014 – 181 pgs

Synopsis

When they were teens, Castor McCormick was the bane of Blake Kowalski’s existence. Their mutual animosity led to summers filled with rivalry. Now, nearly two decades later, Cas is moving back into the neighborhood to live in his grandmother’s old house. Blake tells himself he isn’t interested in seeing how snarky little Cas grew up, but when his mother dupes him into visiting his former nemesis, he finds out “pretty” can evolve into “sexy as hell” on the right man.

Cas didn’t think he wanted to see Blake again. No one has ever pushed his buttons like the arrogant boy he remembers from their youth. Turns out, the adult version of Blake still gets him hot under the collar—and everywhere else. With Blake on leave from work to nurse an injured leg and Cas taking time to move and unpack, they form a tentative friendship that turns into a sexual affair neither man can deny. But when Cas’s job sends him out of state to deal with a difficult client, their new relationship will be tested, and if they fail, Blake’s broken leg might not be the only thing to end up scarred.

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FiveStars

I really liked this story. Childhood enemies turned adult lovers. It’s a very sweet story, but I still loved it.
The way the characters relearn each other after so long of not knowing the man the other has become after such hatred during childhood. It was a slow burning romance in a way but a flash fire in others.
I loved the way they worked through their problems and learned to trust each other after everything they’d go together both in the past and recently.
A great book if you are looking for a sweet, uplifting book.
Renee

FourStars

I really enjoyed this.  A great low-angst romance.  Blake is a perfect blue-collar hero.  The contractor loves fishing and baseball.  He injures himself playing road hockey.  Castor is his childhood nemesis turned adult crush.

It is refreshing to read a story about two men in their thirties who are both self-confident and generally happy.  The relationship dramas are small and very real.  It takes a while for Blake to get his mind from hook up to relationship. Castor has to work out of town.  

Piper Vaughn’s sex scenes are alway steamy and this is no exception.  Even the pre-pubescent versions of these two had chemistry!  I loved the supporting characters.  Blakes mum and Castor’s grandma add warmth and humour to the story.  

This is a sweet, very believable and endearingly simple love story.

Sarah

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5 Stars for Red Hot – Coffin Nails MC California (Sex and Mayhem #5) by K.A. Merikan #MM #Biker @KA_Merikan

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Title: Red Hot – Coffin Nails MC California (Sex & Mayhem #5)
Author Name: K.A. Merikan
Publication Date & Length: July 18, 2015 – 334 pgs

Synopsis

— Live fast. Die young. Fuck hard.—

Red Jack. Rude. Crude. Horny ginger mess. In love with… himself.
Loki. Deadbeat. Volatile. Stalker. Terminally ill. Fatally in love.

When it comes to men, Red Jack has three rules. The guy has to be hot, out of town, and not up for repeats. It’s a good way to keep the gay flings far away from the eyes of his brothers in the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club, and he will make damn sure it stays that way. When a hookup takes an ominous turn, and the sexy stranger turns up at his house, the heat is on. Loki invades his life and just won’t leave, wreaking havoc wherever he follows Jack, but getting rid of him becomes harder with every kiss.

The world crumbles around Loki when he finds out he has cancer. As if his life wasn’t shit enough already. With only a few months left, he decides to live to the fullest and get every last wish on his bucket list fulfilled. One of those is fucking the hot bearded biker he meets the same night he got the bad news. Big, confident, and dangerous, Red Jack is all Loki ever wanted in a man. After all, he deserves one last shot at love. Who cares if Red Jack is a stubborn, closeted asshole? Loki knows what he wants, and he won’t settle for anything less. Even if it kills him.

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Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, hurt/comfort, abuse, sexual orientation issues, stalking, revenge, bucket list, coping with illness, first love

Genre: M/M erotic dark romance, suspense, drama

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FiveStars

I love this series and all books by K.A Merikan, but this one was more violent and harsh than any other. That being said, I loved it and couldn’t put it down. The story was so messed up you just can’t believe what happens each time you turn the page.

The characters were crazy, when the book started I didn’t like either Jack or Loki.  They were so messed up!  Loki was stalking Jack, sometimes while reading I broke out laughing at the stuff he did.  But it all came together just like all their wonderful books do.
Definitely recommend this series.

Sherry

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