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Rim Shot by Skylar M. Cates 4 Star Review!

   Rim Shot by Skylar M. Cates 4 Stars!

Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?

Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.

Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.

Review

If you like New Adult Sports Romance, go pick this up. Kyle and Micah are great. They both work so hard.

i love all the complexity that make up their relationship with each other and other people. Particularly well done in this book is the relationships with their families.

This is a slow burn romance where we get to see them crush hard on each other, become best friends and fall in love.

So much to enjoy here!

Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer 4.5 Star Review!

   Heels Over Headby Elyse Springer 4.5 Stars!

Jeremy Reeve is one of the best divers in the world, and he’s worked hard to get where he is. He intends to keep pushing himself with one very clear goal in mind: winning gold at the summer Olympics in two years. That medal might be the only way to earn his father’s respect as an athlete.

Brandon Evans is everything Jeremy isn’t: carefree, outgoing, and openly gay. With his bright-blue eyes and dramatic tattoos, he’s a temptation that Jeremy refuses to acknowledge. But Jeremy can’t ignore how talented Brandon is—or that Brandon has no interest in using his diving skills to compete.

They’re opposites who are forced to work together as teammates, but Jeremy’s fear of his own sexuality and Brandon’s disinterest in anything “not fun” may end their partnership before it begins. Until a single moment changes everything, and they help each other discover that “team” can also mean family and love.

Review

t is a real joy to read about such well drawn characters as Brandon and Jeremy.

In Jeremy, we have a driven uptight hero who has suppressed his emotionial and sexual life in the hopes of being the best and therefore good enough. His journey is a long one to letting go of looking for acceptance from his family that will never come.

In Brandon, we have a seemingly carefree hero who depends to much on himself. He lives in the present but does not look to the future with hope.

The sports aspects of this romance are superb. The exploration of what it takes to be best at the world in diving is finely detailed. The coach and the female diver character add emotionial layers to the plot.

The love story is a slow burn because of Jeremey’s struggle not to act on his desire. I love the time the book takes and the many phases. I feel that Brandon was too eager in parts of the book but the closing and how Jeremy and Brandon evolve together and as individuals makes this a wonderful book.

The prose is lovely in every moment.

Tender with a Twist (Rainbow Cove #2) by Annabeth Albert 4 Star Review

  Tender with a Twist (Rainbow Cove Book 2) by Annabeth Albert 4 Stars!

One kinky wood carver. One younger chef looking to try new things. A series of lessons that bring both men more than they bargained for…

Curtis Hunt has made a name for himself as a chainsaw wood carver, winning national competitions and operating a small business in Rainbow Cove, Oregon. As winter whittles away his tourist traffic, his goal is just to survive the season and try to not get lost in grief for his dead lover. It’s been two years, but he’s sure he’ll never be over the love of a lifetime. However, his body has a certain restlessness that he doesn’t quite know how to calm.

Logan Rosner knows a thing or two about restlessness. It’s what drove him to Rainbow Cove to be a chef at a bar and grill run by his friends. And it’s what drives him to a single sizzling encounter with the local legendary lumberjack. Both men get far more than they expected and learn that first impressions aren’t always accurate…

But when Logan proposes a series of sexy lessons, Curtis must decide how much he’s willing to risk. He knows he can’t afford to get attached to Logan’s good cooking, his easy smiles, or his caretaking, but he keeps going back for more, even as deeper emotions become involved. Soon, Curtis must decide whether to risk his heart again or risk losing Logan for good.

Review

I enjoyed this next entry into the Rainbow Cove series. I love the idea for the series of a town moving itself to be queer friendly. I hope for many books and many new couples.

Curtis and Logan are an unlikely couple on the surface. Age difference and Curtis is just withdrawn and grumpy.

But we found out they have a great deal in common and it is lovely to watch Logan’s confidence grow and Curtis put aside his grief to fall in love.

There are annoying aspects to this book like how Logan isn’t really that close to his co owners and they try to protect him.

However, the details of Curtis’ art and Logan learning to be the Dom he wants to be are well done.

A very good read! Can’t wait for the next one!

Eggplant Highlights and Mustard Yellow Jeans by Sarah Hadley Brook Review

   Eggplant Highlights and Mustard Yellow Jeans by Sarah Hadley Brook 2.5 Stars

Seth Robinson manages a local kitchen boutique and has had a crush on a customer who frequents the shop. Though too shy to start up a conversation about anything other than kitchen appliances or the newest cooking gadget, Seth still hopes to catch the other’s eye. Seth has a tendency to change his hair color a lot, and when he gets purple highlights, it finally sparks a conversation between the two men.

Chris Berger runs a catering business in Bellflower and loves visiting Karlee’s Kitchen Essentials, where he can chat with the cute manager. He has a unique way of looking at the world and colors and is intrigued by Seth’s highlights.

Unfortunately, when they manage to get together, they’re both dealing with major upheavals in their lives. Will they be strong enough to work together to find their happily ever after?

 

Review

I  loved the title and the idea of a shy hero.

This romance ended up being pretty dull. The plot was fairly ho hum and the character detail just not enough for me. Both heroes felt like sketches.

The writing was decent but just not compelling me to emotionial invest. Not funny enough, or complex enough, Just ho hum.

Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2) by Santino Hassell 4.5 Star Review!

 Sunset Park (Five Boroughs Book 2) by Santino Hassell 4.5 Stars!

Raymond Rodriguez’s days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend, so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.

David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation, since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.

Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.

 

Review

 

I loved David and Ray. I love the emotionial bravery of their romance and the chemistry.

This is a great friends to lovers love story between two very different heroes who really like and get each other. They are both flawed and both have a a great deal of growing to do and they do it.

This series is great. This book is a wonderful of real life and emotionial risk taking and just being who you are with well drawn characters.

It is a real pleasure of a read. It needs a few more chapters to make me over the moon happy but it is oh so good.

Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry 4 Star Review

     Adulting 101y Lisa Henry 4 Stars!

The struggle is real.

Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the portapotty?

That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.

Twenty-five -year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.

Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.

This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.

 

Review

This is an achey coming of age romance with lots of smiles too.

Nick is young and really unsure of what he really wants to do with his life. The thought of college sends him into panic. But he does know what he likes and that is Jai.

Jai is world weary and cynical.

S0me how they fall in love and its is sweet, hot, and lovely.

Funny too nice Nick is Awkward but this young love is also very moving as Jai just loves the heart of Nick and Nick loves the heart of Jai.

Shawn’s Law by Renae Kaye Review

  Shawn’s Law by Renae Kaye 3 Stars!

Shawn is single, twenty-nine, the full-time carer of his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, and a frequent victim of Murphy’s Law—although his family calls it Shawn’s Law. Other than caring for mum, his day consists of painting nude men and spying on the guy who walks his dogs along the street every day at four o’clock. When Shawn takes a spectacular fall on his front steps, who is there to witness it other than the man of his dreams?

Harley doesn’t believe in Shawn’s Law—but he soon changes his mind.

The two men make it through a memorable first date and Shawn’s sexual insecurities to begin a relationship stumbling toward love. But when Shawn’s Law causes Harley to be injured, Shawn is determined to save Harley’s life the only way he knows how—by breaking up with him. Not once, but twice. Throw in a serial killer ex-boyfriend, several deadly Australian animals, two dogs called Bennie, a mother who forgets to wear clothes, an unforgiving Town Council, and a strawberry-flavored condom dolly, and Shawn’s Law is one for the books.

Review

I liked a great deal about this book. The looking back writing style is engaging and it is fun to see what mess Shawn can get into. I love Shawn’s family and the fact that Shawn isn’t a perfect 10.

I also enjoyed the devotion Shawn had for his family and the value put on his care taking of his mother. There is some fun subplots as well.

I like Harely as well but despite this story being told from his point of view, there is always a distance about him that makes me not sink into the love story.

His super long hair is hot though.

Yes, Professor by Renae Kaye Review

   Yes, Professor by Renae Kaye 2 Stars 

Twenty-two-year-old Avery Stewart has a crush on his neighbour. Always attracted to older men, Avery is tantalised by Mr Redding’s professorial looks and obvious obsession with perfection.

When he finally gets the courage to speak to Christopher Redding, Avery manages to get invited back that evening on the pretext of bringing a cake for Christopher’s birthday. But things don’t work out how Avery had planned, and he finds himself sent home with the cake and without any intimacy.

Christopher is everything Avery has ever desired—older, self-assured, dominant, and intelligent. Avery needs someone in his life to take charge—in and out of the bedroom. He wants Christopher to be that man. However, Avery must first convince Christopher to take a chance on him.

 

Review

Sigh. The lack of communication made me nuts in this book.

Both heroes needed to articulate their thoughts to each other and themselves.

This book is told only from Avery’s point of view and that is a shame. To see Avery as less shallow, it would have been great to hear in Christopher’s own words him falling in love.

There are lots of great moments and ideas here but I needed more talking to each other sooner.

Moving Maverick (Made Marian, #5) by Lucy Lennox Review

Review:

Moving Maverick: A Made Marian Novel (Volume 5) - Lucy Lennox

“Do you remember what you promised?”

Maverick: I haven’t been back to Rabbit Island, South Carolina, since my parents died and my grandmother, Mimi, rejected me. I’m only returning now to attend her funeral and sell an estate I never wanted. But the moment I step foot on the island and fall into Beau’s arms, I realize it might not be so easy to say goodbye after all.

Beau Talmadge was always the boy next door, but now he’s no longer a kid. The man is hot as hell and pushes all my buttons in the very best way. I’m supposed to leave in a week. Sell everything, close the door on my past, and walk away forever. So why am I letting myself fall for someone who lives thousands of miles away? And how the hell am I going to break it off when it’s time to go?

“That I’d come back.”

Beau: It took one short summer to fall in love with Maverick Mitchell and fifteen long years to forget him when he left. I’d never expected to see him again, but when he shows up at Mimi’s funeral looking lost and lonely I can’t resist doing anything I can to comfort him. Falling into bed with Maverick is easy and the nights we spend together are as hot and steamy as a South Carolina thunderstorm.

I know it’s not smart. I know it’s not what he planned. But dammit, Mav belongs in my arms, in my bed, and in my life. So how the hell do I get him to stay?

“Took you long enough.”

Fair warning: Moving Maverick is a 73k word gay romance novel featuring sweet tea vodka, fancy salt and pepper shakers, guys catching crabs (not that kind), Aunt Tilly with a knife, and multiple detailed instances of man parts touching.

 

Review

 

The setting is the real star of book and Beau and Mav are very cute together. There is a pile of sexy times and some fun with salt and pepper shakers. 

I like the romance here but the again the backstory (why Mav’s grandmother gave him up) and some other elements of conflict don’t really work well.

We get less of the whole family in this book but tons of couple time and a sweet romance.

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Brandon Mills Versus the V-Card by Lisa Henry and JA Rock 4.5 Star Review

 Brandon Mills Versus the V-Card (Prescott College Book 2)

4.5 Stars!

Smart, shy Prescott sophomore Brandon Mills is working hard to overcome his troubled past and be normal. With the help of his friends Mark and Deacon, and his brothers at Phi Sigma Kappa, he’s slowly coming out of his shell. But when he accidentally drenches a freshman in orange soda, he faces something he’s not ready for: a boy crushing on him.

Alex Kekoa pledges Phi Sig because it has everything he wants: a house full of nerds who won’t tease him for being smart, a dog, and Brandon Mills. Brandon is just the type of guy Alex needs to help fulfill his college ambition: losing his virginity. Except Alex doesn’t know that Brandon can’t stand to touch or be touched.

When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, their mutual attraction grows. If there’s anyone who can help Brandon discover it feels good to touch and kiss, maybe it’s klutzy Alex with his cute glasses and his dinosaur obsession. But as the competition–and their relationship–heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.

Review

This is a great book and a great romance. Brandon and Alex are lovely.

Brandon struggles to integrate the abuse of his past, who he is now, and his sexuality.

Alex just shines. He is very young and watching him learn the complexities of love is grand. It is a great new adult love story.

I adore all the super nerdy moments as well as the funny college stuff.

I really loved the circle of friends and the family elements as well.

Light and shadow are all at play here it is a well written, sexy and thoughtful book.