Thursday, May 17, 2018

Swipe Right by J.P.Oliver

Series: Fighting For Love, 3
Author:  J.P. Oliver
Publisher: J.P. Oliver
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 156
Reviewer: Redz



Publisher’s Blurb
Davis has always been a romantic looking for the perfect man—and now that all his friends are paired off, he’s feeling extra lonely. But he’s also more determined than ever, and with some dating apps installed on his phone, he knows he’ll find the right person. That right person is definitely not Paul. 

Paul doesn’t believe in romance and seems happy to sleep with the first guy who shows interested. From the moment they meet, Davis and Paul clash. Yet they keep running into each other, and they’re drawn to one other in a way they can’t quite explain.

Can Paul and Davis find true love even though they are total opposites?

An MM Contemporary Romance 






Review
Swipe Right by author J.P. Oliver is the third book in the Fighting for Love series. This is my first time reading this series. I was not lost starting with this book. The love story stands on its own. I did get the feeling I should know more so you might get more out of this one if you read it in order, but as I said it is not necessary to understand this story.
Paul is a player. He does one-night stands. He is not the forever guy. He thinks love doesn’t happen. Especially to men like him.  He is really jaded. What I did like about him though is he really is a good friend. He listens, offers suggestions, and sees the person for who they are. He doesn’t try to change them. I really think he is better than he gives himself credit for.
Davis is a romantic. He wants the hearts, flowers, and forever love.  He is trying to get that with a dating ap. So far it is not working out for him.  I just loved how adorably cute Davis is. He is sweet, innocent, and he should have the romantic love he wants.
Overall this story is cute, I just loved the characters. The bar is a great place, the men are great to get to know. It is a great read for the romantic at heart.


                                    Five Shooting Stars 


The Weight is Over by Jason Collins

Author:  Jason Collins
Publisher: Jason Collins
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 200
Reviewer: Redz







Publisher’s Blurb
Evan

I have two guilty pleasures. Sexy men and delicious food.

Since gorgeous men don’t usually go for guys like me, I tend to indulge in the latter.

When I score a week-long job as the hospitality manager for a private island resort, it’s the wakeup call I need. I’m surrounded by hot, sculpted bodies—men who look like they’re straight out of fitness magazines.

I stand out, but not in the way I want to.

Even though gyms have never been my thing, I decide to try the island’s workout center. That’s where I stumble into what must be the hottest guy at the resort.

He’s exercising shirtless, but hell, I would too if I was him.

Of all the men on the island, this one takes the cake. Chiseled. Perfect. Out of my league.

But through a treadmill accident of embarrassing proportions, the hottest guy on the island suddenly becomes my hero.

I don’t know if I’m his type, but I find myself wondering if a night between the sheets counts as cardio.

Nicholas

I always seem to be drawn to the sculpted, Adonis types.

More than just that, they have to be shallow. That’s how I protect myself—by finding guys who would rather hit the gym than actually get to know me. The real me...not just the physical.

Lately, though, I’ve been hoping for more than that.

And then I meet Evan.

There’s an instant connection. The chemistry is there, but with him, it’s much more than physical. He’s sweet, funny, and adorably clumsy. I’m excited by the idea of building a future, and I want to explore it with him, but the notion of letting someone in terrifies me.

Evan doesn’t know it yet, but he’s the guy I’ve been fantasizing about. I don’t want to rush it, but the spark is undeniable, so I decide to start with a private invitation.

Maybe it’s time to show Evan my idea of a workout.

Note to readers: This is an extra spicy MM romance. Readers can expect two passionate men and several steamy scenes that will leave you breathless. 







Review
The Weight is Over by Jason Collins is a cute fast paced romance. I loved the characters.   Evan is a hospitality manager. He is overweight and very self-conscious about it.  He is pretty hard on himself in this book.  He is a great person with a great sense of humor, but he cannot see that in himself.
Nicholas has recently broken up with a jerk of a boyfriend. He thinks he wants men who are fit and look amazing. Then he meets Evan. He sees beyond the outside trappings with Evan to the sweet funny man inside of him. 
They have some bumps in the road to find the love they both crave. They just have to grow and learn that sometimes to love someone else you must learn to love you for who you are.

This is a charming sweet read with just enough heat to keep me turning the pages. Highly recommend this one to the truly romantic at heart. 


                           Five Shooting Stars 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Compassion Be Damned by Rebecca Royce

Series: Last Hope, 4
Author:  Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Rebecca Royce
Genre: MMMMM F, Paranormal Fantasy
Pages: 305
Reviewer: Redz





Publisher’s Blurb
It is the end of days…

Krystal has spent years locked in isolation, enduring torture day after day. It might drive a lesser woman mad. Her sudden freedom leads to a journey across the forbidding landscape. Unexpected allies appear, and new challenges block their path. Embracing every opportunity as a chance, Krystal must trust these five lost souls, her wild ability to heal, and most of all—herself.

They owe a debt they cannot pay…

Titus, Paden, Zeke, Ryland, and Jett spent years in bespelled servitude. Slaves to the unforgivable, they seek to atone for misdeeds beyond their power. Discovering a Sister alone in the woods, they pledge themselves to her service. Saving Krystal is more than a means to an end, though, as one by one she restores their hope, love, and faith. They will need all of their strength and hers. Loving her saved them, but losing her may save the world.







Review
Compassion Be Damned is the fourth book in the Last Hope series by author Rebecca Royce.  This is part of an on-going series and should be read in order. I will admit I did not read this series in order. I was a tad lost on finer details. The main story itself though really kept my attention and was easily understood.  However, I really think you should read this book in order.
In this book, we meet Krystal. She is a Sister. Not by choice but because the Orals chose her.  She tries to be a good Sister to fight the demons, but she has no offensive powers. She can heal others, not herself, but she cannot do anything harmful to demons.  So this causes her to doubt herself.
Then there is Sister Katherine, the head Sister. She wants Krystal for her own purposes. There is a demon that wants to possess Krystal. Krystal’s saving grace is she can stop it from possessing her.
This leads to her being locked away. For three years. 
Once she is rescued she meets Titus, Paden, Zeke, Ryland, and Jett.  Her guardians of sorts. They are to protect her.
They are trying to redeem themselves. I liked each of them very much.  They each bring something different to the table. Ry is the tough one, Paden is more romantic and sweet, Jett is a tad dark, and Titus is a true born leader.
Throw in a shape-shifting crow into the mix and you have a story I couldn’t stop reading.  This book is the kind of story you read when you have time to sink into a world and really get into what you are reading. I think fans of the series will love this book. There is action, adventure, love, and mystery.  I know I loved it and highly suggest reading this one.




                                     Five Shooting Stars 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Shining Star Award: His Kind of Love by Kate Hawthorne

Title: His Kind of Love
Author: Kate Hawthorne
Publisher: Kate Hawthorne
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 250
Reviewer: Redz






Publisher's Blurb
Joel Reading was lonely.

Nineteen years old, estranged from his family and seemingly unable to ever get a second date, he's surrounded himself with the things he loved most: old books and old music.

When one date got out of hand before it even began, Joel found himself displaced from a flooded apartment and on the doorstep of a handsome and older stranger, more than willing to take Joel in for the night.

Gabriel Hunter had waited years for the right man.

When a distressed Joel showed up at his door needing a place to stay, it was more perfect than Gabriel could ever have hoped for. He quickly found himself falling for the complex and beautiful boy he welcomed into his house, and started to believe in a future with the young man he adoringly called, Little Red.

Unfortunately, Gabriel was a man of many secrets, and they threatened to unravel the delicate relationship he was building with Joel.

Would Joel be able to see beyond Gabriel's deliberate omissions and give their love a chance, or would Gabriel's kind of love prove to be more than Joel could handle?




Review
His Kind of Love by author Kate Hawthorne is a very emotionally intense read. I really loved the connection and love in this book.
I will admit, this made me feel weirdly uncomfortable at how much I really did like this one. The twists and turns in this book will make you think.  I liked the mysteriousness of this book as well.
Joel, he loves vintage jazz music. He owns a bookstore, he loves antiques and bibles that have been in people’s families for generations.  He is the kind that wants someone to see him for who he is.
He is estranged from his family, thrown out for being gay. He has not been able to connect in a relationship since. Feels lonely.
Gabriel:  never had a character make me feel anger, love, and sadness like this before. He has had a rough childhood. When you get to know him it is easy to see how he ends up the way he does. He is a soul that loves with all his being. Unconditionally.
This is a really well-written book. I loved the cute names to the chapters as well. There is a deep connection I had with the characters and overall story arc.   When you want a dark, edgy, different kind of love I highly recommend this one.



                      Shining Star Award and Five Shooting Stars 





Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Title: Permanent Ink
Series: Art and Soul, 1
Author: Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 256
Reviewer: Redz




Publisher's Blurb
At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.

Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.

Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent.







Review
Permanent Ink is the first book in the Art and Soul series by authors Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn.  I really liked this fast-paced romance. The characters are really vivid and well done.
Poe lives at home in his dad’s basement.  He hangs with his friends. When he gets arrested he gets the front desk job at Permanent Ink.
He doesn’t want to screw up this job. He knows he is a screw up so far. But he wants to get his life on track. He just really has no direction yet.
Jericho transforms poorly designed tattoos into works of art again.  He is nearly twice Poe’s age.  And he is Poe’s dad’s best friend. Now he has to choose to either fight the attraction or give into it and possibly lose his best friend in the process.
This story is great. Poe needs Jericho as much as Jericho needs Poe. They each bring something good out in the other person. Poe also proves he can be more mature than his years suggest.
When you want a love story with a great connection, and a little edge to it I highly suggest this one.

                                     Five Shooting Stars 








Hard Line by Sidney Bell

Title: Hard Line
Series: Woodbury Boys, 2
Author: Sidney Bell
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 480
Reviewer: Redz






Publisher's Blurb
Premed student Tobias Benton is making amends for his past. He keeps his head down, mouth shut and colors within the lines. But when his close friend Ghost goes missing, Tobias will do whatever it takes to get answers—including using blackmail to enlist some help. The last thing he’s looking for is romance.

Private investigator Sullivan Tate isn’t above a little breaking and entering to solve a case, but when Tobias catches him in the act, it’s almost game over. Their uneasy alliance only gets more complicated when Sullivan learns that Tobias shares his interest in kink. Mixing sex and work could kill Sullivan’s career, but Tobias’s acceptance of Sullivan’s darkest urges is nearly impossible to resist.

Side by side, Tobias and Sullivan spend their days searching for the truth and their nights fulfilling their respective fantasies. But the answers they seek are far more dangerous than they realize, and soon they find themselves fighting for more than just each other.






Review
Hard Line is the second book in the Woodbury Boys series by author Sidney Bell.  This is written in parts.
The first part is about the early childhood and establishing Tobias’s state of mind. In his late teens, he had a breakdown and was committed for a while. He has felt his family doesn’t understand him. He feels pressured to be what they want not what he wants out of himself.
When he gets his life semi together and is back in the real world. He still is living his parent’s dream for him. He is studying pre med, doing well on the outside a mess inside.
Ghost his friend he met when he was committed. Has always understood him.  The one-person Tobias feels safe with. When Ghost goes missing he will do what takes to find his friend.
Sullivan is a private investigator. He too is friends with Ghost. They meet while they are both looking for Ghost. What I liked is Sullivan is lighter to Tobias’ darkness.
Some notes I had on this story. This story deals with self-harm, mental instability, and violence. Just a prewarning there.
I did like this one. I like my stories with a little angst and edge. This one fits the bill.  I will definitely be looking for more from this author in the future. I love the style of writing and vivid characters they bring to life in the books.


                                   Five Shooting Stars 




Auction Action by Andrew Grey

Title: Auction Action
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Riverdale Ave Books  
Genre: MM Contemporary
Pages: 67
Reviewer: Redz





Publisher's Blurb
Art isn’t the only thing a man can find at an auction…

Frederick Holloway is a successful antiques dealer with a clientele that he likes to keep happy. When one of his most important clients asks him to attend a charity auction to buy a painting for her, Frederick agrees. What he didn’t expect was the Greek god with the face of the Marlboro man who is his main competitor for the artwork.

Duncan never expected to meet such a powerful and commanding man in such a small package. He likes it, really likes it! Frederick can give him something he desperately needs. But are they playing around? Is something deeper developing? Or is Duncan still trying to get an angle on the work of art that he lost at the auction... or embracing a worthy opponent? 






Review
Auction Action by author Andrew Grey is a fast-paced emotion fill read. I really liked this one. I would like for there to be more books with these two in it. I feel they have much more to tell us. Or at least another story around the painting. There is something there.
Frederick is a successful antique dealer. He works very hard. He is attending a charity auction to purchase a painting for one of his higher-end customers.
He is also a dominant.
Duncan is a submissive. He is a wealthy man also interested in the painting.  He has not had a whole lot of love in his childhood. So he is looking for love now.
These two together are a really sweet couple. They each have what the other needs.  I also liked how the painting and lore were used. Overall a fast-paced great read.

                                          Five Shooting Stars