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4 Stars for Loving Blitz (North Pole City Tales #4) by Charlie Cochet #MM #Holiday @CharlieCochet

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Title: Loving Blitz (North Pole Tales, #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 16th 2015- 94 pages

Synopsis

From North Pole City to Winter Wonderland, preparations are underway after a royal announcement sweeps everyone into a frenzy of festivity. At the heart of the celebration are the city’s most beloved elf pilots, the Rein Dears. Once the Big Flight is behind them, the pilots prepare for the royal event. Assigned a special task of finding an Elska rose, Cupid and Blitzen are unaware of how their friendship is about to change forever.

Yet not all that glitters is gold. The sweet, angelic Cupid hides a dark secret, one that threatens to destroy his Rein Dear status, his friends, and the elf who’s captured his heart. It’s up to Blitzen to help Cupid see the light in the darkness and show him that together they can mend broken hearts.

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fourstars

Cupid is a rein dear who has something he has been hiding. Blitz and Cupid have been friends for awhile but that will soon change to something more…

So I need to be honest and say this book did take me awhile to get into and I really do not know why. But once I got about half way through it I was grabbed and could not put it down.

You definitely get you sweetness In this book. There were also secrets in this book that Cupid has been keeping.

I really did like the way this author wrote these characters. The way Cupid was so sweet and caring. Then there was Blitz who was so protective and caring too.

So I will leave this review with…. I thought this was a very sweet holiday story and I really liked this novella!

~Kara

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3 Stars for Gabriel (The Severing #3) by D.J. Manly #MM #Paranormal @MLRPress

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Title: Gabriel (The Severing #3)
Author Name & Publisher: D.J. Manly (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 13, 2015, 362 pgs

Synopsis

A father and son stand united against the forces of hell itself.

Terrance and Alex are thrilled with their new house, and happy to have Terrance’s son Gabriel living with them. Everything seems relatively normal what with renovating the house, and Gabriel’s high school. Then Gabriel falls in love and all hell breaks loose.

Across the street, a strange old lady watches, endlessly sweeping the sidewalk, and the severed get lost without their spiritual guide. Meanwhile, a father and son with a unique connection to spirits may be the only thing standing between hell and earth.

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ThreeStar

I started this book liking it a lot…. Then you get to 80% and yes I know it is a paranormal and of course what is happening in this book is all made up but it goes so far I can’t even wrap my mind around it.  First as a parent there was a part that  was completely wrong and unbelievable to me.  I can’t say without giving away huge spoilers but for a parent to make that decision and think it was ok.. I just could not stretch my head around that at all.  Then you get a bunch of things put into the last part of the book that honestly I could not even figure out was happening because honestly it was so confusing and none of it even made sense to me at all.  So I want to give it 3 stars because I really did like the first 80% then everything got so confusing and the part where Terrance made a decision  I could not even.. I can’t even put into words how mad that made me, dropped this down for me.

Kara

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5 & 3 Stars for Encore Performance (Performance #6) by Sibley Jackson – #MM #Series @caddyorpims

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Title: Encore Performance (Performance #6)
Author Name: Sibley Jackson (aka Caddy Rowland)
Publication Date & Length: December 23, 2014 – 49pgs

Synopsis

*Note: This short gay romance contains hot gay m/m sex scenes

Jason and Z are together at last. Z, walking away from worldwide stardom, came to New York to find Jason, where Jason welcomed him back with open arms. Now the two lovers have to find a way to put Z’s worries about his past life behind them and build a new one for just the two of them.

They will find a love deeper than either could have imagined. Hopefully it will be enough to last forever—enough to guide them toward a happy life with many changes and surprises along the way.

After all, they’ve survived a four year split-up. It’s time for sex, romance, but NO rock ‘n roll—at least none that forces Z out of the arms of the man he wants to spend the rest of his life loving.

But then another crazy idea pops into Z’s head

*Book 6 (Conclusion) of the Performance Series. Each book is a short story and can stand alone but are best read as a series.

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FiveStars

Encore Performance
5 stars
Book 6
Wow!! Can Sibley Jackson write.  These books were written so well with excellent dialogue and with so much description. From book 1 to the last one, each pulled you in to find out what happens next. It was like reading chapters of a novel, it flowed so well.

The love of Z and Jason just jumped off the pages, the sex scenes were hot and just kept getting better.  This book tied up the whole story and left you wanting nothing.  You knew the struggles they had but ended up with their happily ever after.  The wedding was the icing on the cake, then the business they started just wrapped it all together.

I enjoyed this series so much and I look forward to reading much more by this author.
I definitely recommend this series for some light sexy reads! They are just enough to keep you interested from book to book.

Sherry

ThreeStar

This one really needed a trigger warning. Spoilers: Z admits to essentially date-raping a bunch of star-struck fans (he says they weren’t always willing), and Jason tells him, “They could have said no or fought back. They were men…Even if you somewhat forced them, it wasn’t all you.” That makes me pretty much as angry at a book as I’ve ever been. That’s not acceptable. I can’t even imagine being a man who’s been raped and reading those words. They are violent and ugly.

The rest of the story barely makes up for it. Lots more about real men, lots more about not doing anything too feminine. The story is cute, and I did love the end. By that point, it was easier to see that they had more going on than just in bed. Still, the first part of the book was so upsetting for me that I nearly didn’t finish it.
Amy

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5 and 3 Stars for Final Performance (Performance #5) by Sibley Jackson – #MM #Series @caddyorpims

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Title: Final Performance (Performance #5)
Author Name: Sibley Jackson (aka Caddy Rowland)
Publication Date & Length: December 17, 2014 – 44pgs

Synopsis

*Note: This short gay romance contains hot gay m/m sex scenes.

Dreams really can come true, but at what cost? Z has it all: several platinum and gold record albums, fame that would make the average superstar jealous, and more money than he could ever spend.

Jason has risen to the top of his field in the competitive city of New York. He, too, finds himself successful and reasonably wealthy.

But nobody gets to have everything. Living on opposite ends of the country ends up putting too much of a strain on their relationship. Now each man struggles with the decisions they’ve made, wondering if they were the right ones.

They had both once believed their love was forever. Reality came crashing in, and now they each have to come to terms with what is more important: career or the long ago promises whispered in the night, back when love looked so impossibly easy.

*Book 5 of the Performance Series. Each book is a short story and can stand alone but are best read as a series.

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FiveStars

Final performance
5 stars
My heart sank when this book started and they weren’t together anymore.  I was crushed and in tears. The writing was done so well throughout all these books and the description of them breaking up tore my heart apart.  I was really cheering for these guys.  But like all love stories go, I was extremely happy in the outcome.

The song in this book was beautiful. I have to say this was my favorite so far, even with the crushing beginning, the author didn’t let you down.

Sherry

ThreeStar

This one wasn’t bad either, but I was again put off by a lot of reminders of “how men handle things.” I thought it was a little strange that they both coped with their drama by sleeping around, as though that’s somehow typical for people under relationship breakup or strain. There was more talk about how they were men, and it was just so distracting from the rest of everything. Which admittedly wasn’t all that much. The author seems to have relied heavily on telling readers instead of showing. The closest it got to that was the end.
This probably could have had a warning on it not just for adult content but for the way these guys used other men’s bodies and treated them like garbage.
Amy

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5 and 3.5 Stars for Command Performance (Performance #4) by Sibley Jackson – #MM #Series @caddyorpims

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Title: Command Performance (Performance #4)
Author Name: Sibley Jackson (aka Caddy Rowland)
Publication Date & Length: December 2, 2014 – 45pgs

Synopsis

*Note: This short gay romance contains hot gay m/m sex scenes.

A lot can happen in a year. Z has become a rock star, and Jason has moved to the top in his field. Unfortunately, they live on opposite ends of the country. They’re both committed to making their long distance relationship work. After all, love is supposed to conquer everything, right?

However, when Jason flies out to spend a much needed week with Z in California, he finds his partner being pulled in a million different directions, with Jason last on the list. Not exactly how he’d hoped the reunion would go.

But it’s only the first day of his visit. Things are bound to improve. After all, Z missed him as much as he’d been missing Z. Z told him so, and he believes it.

Most of the time.

*Book 4 of the Performance Series. Each book is a short story and can stand alone but are best read as a series.

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FiveStars

Command Performance
5 stars

This one tugged at my heart for Jason.  He was looking forward to being with Z for so long but they just couldn’t find time for each other it was tearing them apart. I loved how the author captured their feelings so well and how hard they struggled.

I loved how Jason surprised Z at work.  It was very hot, as all the sex in these books were.

The author captured the love story of these two guys so well.  Truly well written and captivating.

Sherry

ThreeandHalfStars

I liked this one almost as much as the first one. It was the first sign of a real plot, and it was much more clear these guys had genuine feelings for each other. There was still some “real man” garbage thrown in, but it was less, and the tension ramped up nicely as Jason and Z tried to figure out how to make things work. I appreciated that the emotions weren’t too heavy-handed, which wouldn’t have worked in a series that was mostly supposed to be fluff and erotic fun.

Amy

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5 and 3 Stars for Major Performance (Performance #3) by Sibley Jackson – #MM #Series @caddyorpims

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Title: Major Performance (Performance #3)
Author Name: Sibley Jackson (aka Caddy Rowland)
Publication Date & Length: November 21, 2014 – 38pgs

Synopsis

*Note: This short gay romance contains hot gay m/m sex scenes.

Z and Jason have been partners for two years. Even though neither had dreamed they’d find a man they’d want to spend a lifetime with, it seemed fate decided to prove them wrong.

However, Z’s tours with his band are getting longer and more frequent. Jason is determined to make it work, regardless. Then he gets the opportunity he’d always dreamed of—before he’d met Z. Jason accepts and goes home to tell Z. After all, he’s always said he’ll stand by Z if his band goes national. It only stands to reason Z will stand behind him.

But Z has news of his own. And when he tells it, the two lovers will find the most difficult test the couple has ever encountered staring them in the face.

They believe their love is strong and will get them through anything.

Time and distance might tell a different story.

*Book 3 of the Performance Series. Each book is a short story and can stand alone but are best read as a series.

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FiveStars

Major Performance
5 stars

Book 3  of the Performance Series, it’s  like reading chapters in a novel except you need to wait for the next one.  These short stories of this adorable couple keep you wanting to know what’s going to happen next.  Will they be able to survive this separation, I’m rooting for them!

The dialogue was great in this book.  It’s written so well that the characters feel so real.
Loved how they both get an opportunity at their jobs at the same time.  But both struggle with what could happen next.

It was written with such sympathy and understand of the characters feelings. The authors writing has a way to pull you in, wanting to know what’s going to happen next.
Sherry

ThreeStar

I appreciated that there was much more going on in this part than the previous one. Things were taking off, and it was clear the story was going somewhere. There was some nice tension as both men had to make decisions about their careers, and I liked that they were encouraging of each other to pursue it.

However, I really, really disliked the way they constantly went on about being “real men.” If a character is comfortable in his masculinity, there is absolutely no need for an author to remind us all the time that he’s a man. Show us by his personality and actions, not by telling us. And if he’s insecure, another character needs to play foil to that and show him that real men don’t need to puff up and say it all the time. Not only that, I was very angry and put off by the constant femme-bashing and women-bashing. It’s gross.
Amy

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4 and 3.5 Stars for Repeat Performance (Performance #2) by Sibley Jackson – #MM #Series @caddyorpims

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Title: Repeat Performance (Performance #2)
Author Name: Sibley Jackson (aka Caddy Rowland)
Publication Date & Length: November 7, 2014 – 35pgs

Synopsis

Note: This short gay romance contains hot gay m/m sex scenes.

Six long weeks. That’s how much time has passed since Jason’s been with Z. Z and his band have been on a small tour, and Jason found his dreams filled with the sensual blond man every single night since they’d said goodbye. Z promised he’d return to him, and Jason promised he’d wait. They’d been in frequent contact, but now the time to reunite is here—and Jason finds himself filled with worry. What if the hot, sexy singer had only been playing him?

He heads toward Z’s apartment for the long anticipated reunion, but suddenly realizes he hasn’t eaten all day. Stopping by a restaurant for a quick burger, who should he see but Z himself! His heart does a flip as he hardens—until he notices Z is with a woman. A very beautiful woman. Their fingers touch, and Jason is filled with the knowledge he’s once again been played.

Damn. It had felt so real, so intensely hot. He should have known there was no such thing as happy ever after. He decides to make Z squirm and approaches their table.

Then Z looks up, and they lock eyes…

*Book 2 of the Performance Series. Each book is a short story and can stand alone but are best read as a series.

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FourStars

Repeat Performance
4 stars

This was the 2nd book of the series, I was looking forward to learning more  about the characters, Z and Jason. But it was all revolved around their sex after Z ‘s tour. Left me wanting a little more substance.

I did like how It started with Jason doubting their feelings and was surprised at the outcome. Their love for each other jumped off the pages and the shower scene was exceptionally hot.

So looking forward to the next installment.
Sherry

ThreeandHalfStars

This was an all right segue into the rest of the series. There wasn’t really a plot, per se. It was mostly just a lot of sex. I thought it was entertaining, and the way Jason and Z dirty-talked to each other was a cross between awful and hilarious. As much as I know this is a series, the only one that works well as a stand-alone is the first one, and this one wouldn’t work at all if not for the rest of the novellas. I felt very much like they kept telling us how much in love they were, yet somehow the author never got around to showing us in any way other than a lot of rough sex. Still, even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one, it at least made me look forward to the next part

Amy

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