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Review of Undone By You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader

“Leave the orgasm, take the cannoli?” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Gay Romance (M/M)

Book Length (Est.): 147 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Dante Moretti has just landed his dream job: GM of the Chicago Rebels. And screw the haters who think there should be an asterisk next to his name because he’s the first out managing executive in pro hockey. He’s earned the right to be here and nothing will topple him off that perch—especially not an incredibly inconvenient attraction to his star defenseman, Cade “Alamo” Burnett. Cade has always been careful to keep his own desires on the down low, but his hot Italian boss proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Sure, they both have so much to lose, but no one will ever know…

As Dante and Cade’s taboo affair heats up off the ice and their relationship gets more and more intense, they’ll have to decide: is love worth risking their careers? Or is this romance destined to be forever benched?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Simon & Schuster – Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review*

First of all let me say that this book takes place behind the scenes of books one and two. If you were curious about things Harper or Violet saw…you’ll discover what actually happened when you read Undone By You.

The Chicago Rebels got a new GM…a new gay GM. A sexy, suit wearing Italian that makes Cade’s mouth water. No one knows that Cade is gay or that his hockey hero is none other than their new GM, Dante Moretti, or how his spank bank fantasy just walked into his daily life, and boy does he do a good job at hiding it. Not even Dante knew. That is until Cade shows up in the one place he never expected to see him or any of his other players.

Cade is a Texas boy who doesn’t want to disappoint his dad. Dante is a man who gave up a lot so that he could be true to himself. One’s afraid he isn’t good enough. The other afraid he’ll lose everything. Not to mention the whole GM and player thing that completely goes against certain ethics and policies. But when Cade and Dante are together nothing else matters.

Undone By You is sexy with a lot of heart. It was the perfect ‘short’ book to give the series a little something extra.

“Aren’t you forgetting something?”

“Am I?” My name, my social, my no idea.

“You said your fantasy was to be naked while I was dressed.” His mouth twitched. “Time you stripped, Burnett.”

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Review of In the Ring (Boxer #1) by Rie Warren

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Hot For The Trainer!

 

Genre: Romance, Erotica (M/M)

Book Length (Est.): 280 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The biggest fight of his life isn’t . . . In the Ring.

The bright lights. The roaring crowd. The chance at a championship belt. The not-so-little secret Liam Shaughnessy—the Bonny Bruiser—is fighting to keep tucked far away.

Liam got the pussy pounded out of him on the mean streets of Cin-city—the other Sin City. The oldest in a Catholic clan where his da never pulled any punches, he went from geek boy to the golden boy of the boxing world care of his fists. Liam’s on the fast track to having it all . . . all except the one man he wants.

Michael Fairweather makes pretending to be hetero goddamn difficult for Liam. The man is blond and beautiful and just so happens to be Liam’s trainer. With a penchant for doing shirtless yoga, giving midnight massages to loosen Liam’s muscles, and sometimes even taking it out in the ring with him. To say Liam has porn-style fantasies about Michael is an understatement.

Michael’s out and proud. Liam’s only proud of what he can do in the ring. He can’t risk his career, least of all for someone unavailable. Michael has a lover. Liam has the lies he lives every day. And when his money-grubbing manager gets involved as the title win approaches, Liam doesn’t know what hit him.

Fight to win. Fight with honor. It won’t be easy, but that’s okay. Nothing worth fighting for ever is.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Liam worked his way up the boxing ladder by using his body and fierce determination. It was all he knew how to do and he was good at it. Never losing. Always winning. The only reason he fought so hard was to help out his family, minus his deadbeat dad. He’s a sweetheart with a big heart and the only problem is that he has to hide who he truly is from the rest of the world. In his eyes he’d never make it to the heavyweight championship if the world knew he was gay. And so he kept his feelings and urges under wrap.

“Just because I’m gay doesn’t mean I’m a pussy.”

Michael is an open and out gay man. He’s also Liam’s trainer. And he has a secret of his own. He might not exactly be single, but he feels a lot more for Liam than any normal trainer would. Too bad Michael is like the rest of the world and things Liam is straight. That is until Liam sets him straight and unleashes a whole new awkwardness between them. Want and desire versus right and wrong.

“Liam, are you just curious – or gay? Because this” – his fingertips drifted down my abs which jumped on contact – “is really dangerous.”

Liam wants to remain in the closet. Michael came out once; he doesn’t ever want to hide again.

Limits will get pushed, hearts will get broken, and the boxing world will never be the same in In The Ring. As always Rie Warren does it again. The Boxer series has started off with a kinky bang covered in awesome sauce.

My Favorite Laughable Moment had to be when Liam is telling Michael the alternatives to calling him dear and then the waitress even chimes in. Can’t argue when a stranger seconds it.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Reading the Signs by Keira Andrews

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Disciplining the Naughty Pitcher

 

Genre: Sports Romance, Gay Romance (M/M), Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 266 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

This hot-headed rookie needs discipline—on and off the field.

Pitcher Nico Agresta is desperate to live up to his family’s baseball legacy. Since he was a teenager crushing on his big brother’s teammate, he’s known he can’t act on his desires. His father’s made it clear there should be no queers on the field, but if Nico can win Rookie of the Year like his dad and brother did, maybe he can prove he’s worthy after all.

At 34, veteran catcher Jake Fitzgerald just wants to finish out his contract and retire. His team doesn’t have a prayer of making the playoffs, but who needs the stress? Jake lost his passion for the game—and life—after driving away the man he loved, and he swore he’d never risk his heart again.

Then he’s traded to a team that wants a vet behind the plate to tame their new star pitcher. Jake is shocked to find the gangly kid he once knew has grown into a gorgeous young man. But tightly wound Nico’s having trouble controlling his temper in his quest for perfection, and Jake needs to teach him patience and restraint on the mound.

When their push and pull explodes into the bedroom, Nico and Jake will both learn how much they’ll risk for love.

This gay sports romance features men who have been repressing their feelings far too long, light BDSM, an age difference, sweaty locker rooms, and a happy ending. 86,000 words. 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review*

Damn! Reading the Signs is the perfect mix of emotion, storyline, and spank my ass hot sex!

There are a few references to pitcher/catcher jokes in here, but the fact that there are just shows how awesome the author is because come on how can there not be with Jake, the older and dominant catcher, and Nico, the rookie pitcher with a temper as the starring characters.

“…How big is that closet?”

Val snorted. “In professional male sports? Pretty frickin’ ginormous.”

Jake had lost his love of the game and thought everyday about early retirement, but then he gets traded and his entire life changes. He loses his ‘arrangement’, has to leave his house in exchange for a hotel room, and has to get to know an entire new team. Down and out would sum him up. That is until he has an angered moment of weakness that changes everything.

Nico has been in love with Jake since he was a teenager and they used to play catch in his backyard. He’d never tell anyone though, his family would freak if they found out he was gay. So he’s lived a life of trying to change his true feelings by drowning them in Jenny’s. When he finds out Jake has been traded to his team he’s ecstatic and yet worried he won’t be able to hide his longtime feelings.

“Wondered what it would feel like to kiss you.” He nosed in close, rubbing their cheeks together before brushing his lips over Jake’s jaw, dragging back behind his ear. “How rough your stubble would be.”

Still rigid, Jake trembled now as Nico held his hips. On a shaky exhalation, Jake whispered, “Did you touch yourself?”

With Jake having to work with Nico everyday, teaching him to calm his temper, sparks will fly. Each one will hold their untold desires in check in fear of rejection, that is until Jake’s temper flares and in the heat of the moment does something that will alter their relationship forever. Not that Nico would have it any other way.

They deal with everything from baseball to homophobic family members and they do it with an exploding grace.

My Favorite Laughable Moments… all include the daring yet tasteful pitcher/catcher comments. I think mostly because the way they are written in, being said by full supporters of Jake and Nico, makes them that much more funny.

“Wow. Okay. you’re hitting me with a lot tonight, but I can take it. You and Fitz.” He seemed to ponder it. “So… Are you still the pitcher?”

“Oh my God!” Valentina exclaimed. “I can’t believe you actually just said that. Out loud!” ~ I loved Val! She’s an awesome sister!

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel (The Actor’s Circle #2) by Bey Deckard

The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel

Damn those buggery laws… 

 

Genre: Erotica, Gay Romance (M/M)

Book Length (Est.): 78 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

All James wanted was a little solitude at his favourite resort: bright sunshine overhead, soft, white sand underfoot, and a hammock to read in while the warm breeze rustles through the coconut palms and almond trees. However, when an old acquaintance shows up, and James is obliged to share “his” beach, a profound exchange over a bottle of rum leads to a lust-fuelled encounter in the dark.

Reeling from the intensity of the drunken tryst, James decides to cut his vacation short rather than face what he’s kept hidden under mountains of denial.

However, his escape is thwarted when Rudie, handsome and plainspoken, calls him out on his behaviour and makes him see that life needn’t be spent running away from his desires.

Set at a rundown old resort on a small Caribbean island, The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel is a story about letting go of fear and learning that passion and love can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This is the second book in The Actor’s Circle series and although there is a relation between the characters it is so minute that it can be read without having read book one, The Complications of T. However, I always suggest reading every series in order.

James is retreating from everything. He just wants to enjoy the peace and quiet from is favorite cabin at The Frangipani Hotel. It’s a lost and forgotten place that’s run down and fixing to close it’s doors, but to him it’s his retreat. A hammock, a book, and beer is all he needs to fill his days.

Rudie wanted to get away too and finds himself in the cabin next door to James. They knew each other. They’d both worked on a film together many years prior. But what he didn’t expect was for his wants and desires to actually come true.

“Then there are times when I think that I will simply stop existing, if I am not touched. And then being touched is all I can think about.”

For James, his body and heart war with his head. He isn’t quite sure what to make of his feelings for James and he sure as hell doesn’t know what to do with them…outside of the bedroom anyway. Luckily Rudie knows what he wants and he’s pretty good and wording it just perfectly to James to make him understand.

“… I’m only trying to help you see yourself in a different way. But, if you don’t want my help, I won’t give it. Just realize that I’m going to lock my door at night so that you don’t accidently find your cock in my ass again.”

The Last Nights of The Frangipani Hotel is passionate and needy. Even with James’ indecision it’s still filled with such an intense need and a bond that grows stronger every day. On the downside, as with all short stories, it does end entirely too soon.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Swimming lessons in the pool. Sometimes your fans unknowingly have the worst time at noticing you. Nice cover, James!

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of The Complications of T (The Actor’s Circle #1) by Bey Deckard

The Complications of T

Awkwardly Sweet

 

Genre: Erotica, Gay Romance (M/M)

Book Length (Est.): 53 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Stuart Leandro knows he’s washed up, both on the big screen, and in his marriage. Then, when things take an even bigger turn for the worse one night, he winds up blind drunk and lost in a foreign city.

Thankfully, someone’s there to rescue him before his face ends up plastered all over the tabloids.

Wary of the motives of the reclusive stranger who brings the fading star into the quiet shelter of a hip but isolated loft, Stuart nonetheless can’t deny his curiosity… Or his attraction. Tim is unlike anyone the actor has ever met, but underneath the mystery and quiet attempts at invisibility, Stuart discovers someone whose life has been intertwined with his own for years.

Neither could have predicted that Tim’s act of kindness would lead to one of the most intense encounters of their lives—but, are they willing to weather the media storm their extraordinary relationship will cause?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I love Bey Deckard’s work. I would honestly read almost anything he wrote. But I cannot find the words to describe what I just read. I think that maybe since I’m used to more in-depth writing that something so short just felt unfinished to me.

Stuart falls of the wagon after his wife asks for a divorce. To him his career is going down the drain, his wife is leaving him, and why not have a drink…or many to kill the stench of failure. Luckily there’s someone there to pick him up and take him home before his drunken self is plastered across the tabloids.

Tim has been following Stuart’s career for a long time, it even entwined with his own career, so when he sees him about to potentially become a mockery in the media he has no choice but to step in and take care of him. Even if that means giving up his bed and taking the couch.

For Stuart a bad evening becomes an awkward morning then turns into the unexpected and wonderful. He never expected to feel for anyone the way he does for Tim. He doesn’t understand the whole trany thing and gets a little embarrassed about asking questions, but he wants to know because he needs to understand the feelings he’s having.

“I only need about… fifteen minutes to recuperate, ” I said, reaching for the button of his jeans. ……… My fingers found their way between his lips, and when I slipped them inside him and felt how incredibly wet he was, I let out a shaky breath. “Okay, ten minutes, tops.”

The Complications of T by far is not my favorite Bey Deckard book, but it is an awkwardly sweet story that brings two people together who decide sometimes it’s okay to risk it all.

My Favorite Moment: 90 days!

Jenn 3 Heart

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Review of War Torn (War Trilogy #2) by Andria Large

War Torn

Difficult Decisions & Broken Hearts

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, Gay Romance (M/M)

Book Length (Est.): 130 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

My life has been completely turned around with the help of my boyfriend and best friend, Tucker.

My depression is under control.

I’m not having nightmares or flashbacks anymore.

My sister is having a baby.

Life with Tucker is great…

Or is it? Everything seems to be going so well, almost too well.

You know how people say that the best things in life are worth fighting for? Well, I believe that with my whole heart. But how do you fight for something when it gets ripped away from you? Just…torn right out of your hands, leaving you with nothing. You would think that losing my wife was the worst thing that could happen to me.

Warning: This book is for mature audiences only. Adult content and explicit M/M sex scenes. This is also a cliffhanger, so be prepared! 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I love Dennis, Tucker, and Duke!

Dennis had such a difficult time with depression is the first book, At War, but now that he has Tucker he seems so much better. He’s sweet, caring, and an overall great guy. He tries the best he can to be supportive of Tucker and the way he wants things, even if it does pain him to do so.

Tucker will learn that nothing comes easy. He’ll get one thing back, but then it’ll become tainted with flashbacks. He’ll lose someone close to him and then be forced to choose between the others he loves. Nothing is fair and my heart hurts for him, but the way he goes about dealing with things made me want to slap some sense into him.

Duke was Tucker’s best friend, but after meeting Dennis he’s also became a very close friend, so when Dennis and Tucker are at odds Duke will have to side with what he thinks is right, which is not always the easiest thing to do. Especially when he’s fighting his own battles. After his divorce he’s falling down into depression hell and thankfully he has Dennis and Tucker to help keep him out of it. He definitely needs to find a little happiness…he deserves it.

“Problem? Why would I have a problem? I’m all fucking unicorns and rainbows here, my man.”

War Torn is filled with heartbreak, tragedy, humor, and some downright hot and dirty sex. I’m looking forward to reading the next book because I really want to know how their story ends. They need to find their happily ever after.

Beware this is only book two of a trilogy, so yes there is a cliffhanger ending.

My Favorite Laughable Moments: Duke loves that Tucker and Dennis are happy, but he still can’t tone down the gay jokes. It’s just the way he is and sometimes it’s just so funny the stuff that comes out of his mouth.

“They’re totally together, aren’t they?” she asks, a slight smile curling one side of her mouth.

“Totes.” I chuckle.

She snorts and shakes her head. “How did that happen?”

I shrug. “No idea, really.”

“Are you…?” she asks, eyebrow raised.

I give her an incredulous look. “What? With them two? Fuck no! I’m as straight as they come.”

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of It’s Not My Favorite (Lake Effect #1) by Rue

Its Not My Favorite

Sisterly Love at its Highest and Lowest

 

Genre: Romance, Gay Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Length (Est.): 314 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The Hutchinson sisters grew up under the piercing, pious stare of a preacher’s wife. Plagued by her ever-disappointed refrain, “Well, it’s not my favorite.” Their search to find their own way in the world has not been a screaming success.

Gwenn is a good girl, a responsible girl…a miserable girl. Her steady diet of vivid fantasies is the only part of her life she enjoys. She daydreams of new parents, a more exciting job and an actual love life. She struggles to run a business as The Organizer, while she stacks relationship carcasses in the closet of her own completely unorganized life. Her only real friend is her younger sister, Rachel.

Rachel is outgoing, risqué and happily gay. The only people who don’t know this little secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley. Rachel struggles mightily to dodge her mother’s constant attempts to set her up with “nice Christian boys”; while holding down a job at the bakery and keeping up with her rock-star girlfriend!

Gwenn uncovers a photo that brings her imaginary world careening into reality. She’s forced to ask herself if wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory is the answer she’s been seeking or a grand delusion.

Break-ups, meltdowns, family secrets, wild nights and finally a journey of self-discovery to exotic New Zealand keep Gwenn and Rachel stumbling toward independence.

So grab your parka and join the Hutchinson girls, as they experience the Lake Effect in Duluth, Minnesota!

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This book is told in third person, alternating between the points of view of Gwenn, Rachel, and few others thrown in occasionally. I’d say it’s mostly Gwenn with a little Rachel, and a tiny bit of others.

Gwenn is the kind of person who never thought her family was really her family. She hoped that one day she’d learn she was switched at birth or an alien or something. She was a straight arrow, always dependable, and always in crappy relationships.

Everything changes for Gwenn when she meets Daniel. She thinks she’s found the family that she always knew was out there, but in reality he turns out to be something much different to her. In trying to process everything she goes a little crazy and runs away. A last-minute trip, a whirlwind romance that does not go as planned, and it all leads to right where she needs to be.

Rachel is quirky and I loved her outspoken and sometimes over the top behavior. She’s gay and proud and completely hiding it from her very religious parents. It seems to work too, until things with her girlfriend Annie get crazy and the only way back into true happiness is to come clean to them.

I have two sisters so I can truly say that the interactions between Gwenn and Rachel are definitely those of sisters. They lean on each other one minute and yell at each other the next; only people who love each other unconditionally can do that.

It’s Not My Favorite is a quirky and interesting read. It moves fast and sometimes things happen without much explanation, it just does…and I kept thinking how things happened pretty matter-of-factly. Some felt realistic, some did not.

Unfortunately it just didn’t capture my attention, I didn’t even highlight anything until Gwenn and Daniel got together, which was at around 40%. After that it did get a little more interesting though. I do have to warn you that there are flashbacks mixed in, there is nothing different to signal the change and they blend in with the paragraphs so one second you’re reading about today and the next it’ll be a memory. It threw me off more than once.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Daniel’s shower wake-up with Frankie.

“I dreamed I thook a shower with Frankie…weird, huh.”

“That was not a dream Mr. Gregory, that was yesterday.”

Jenn 3 Heart

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