What I Read Last Week

How do neighbors! How the hell are ya? I’m doing well. I’m getting ready to go on vacation next week and frankly work for vacation is a huge PITA. The amount of work that I have to do before I go – in preparation for when I’m gone – is almost enough to keep me home. I’ve worked here for 13 years and I’ve never been gone for 2 weeks straight because it’s such a PITA. lol I’m sure the vaca will be worth it though.

On to what I read:

I started out the week with Tease by Sophie Jordan. This is a story about Emerson who does a lot of making out with boys but never goes further. Of course her reputation around college is that she’s pretty free with sex. When she gets stuck at a biker bar that she should have never walked in to she’s saved by Shaw who is rough around the edges but ends up having a soft heart. The pair have a tumultuous relationship and Emerson almost succeeds in pushing him away completely. This was a good one and I really liked it. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Next up was No Attachments by Tiffany King. This is about Ashton who has lived in Woodfalls for 4 months and loves it. She has a bucket list and is determined to do it all. One of the items is to pick up a random stranger at a bar and have a one night stand. She chooses Nathan who is there in town to find her but she doesn’t know that. They hit it off and both of their plans go awry in the end. A great story that was very good. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Snowcroft Lost by Christi Snow is about Jamie who is in love with his best friend Trevor who is straight. Trevor is found unconscious on a trail and when he awakens he has amnesia. He can’t believe it when everyone says he’s straight as he wants nothing more than Jamie. Unfortunately not everyone wants to couple to be together and they’ll do just about anything to keep them apart. This one had lots of great elements to it and many twists and turns to keep me turning pages. You can read my review here. 4 out of 5

Before the Mission Begins by Christi Snow is a prequel in the When the Mission Ends series. It’s to be read in between books 2 & 3 (according to the author) but I happened to get it first so there ya go. The story is about Chris and Julie who meet on a Valentine weekend at Chris’s sisters house. Chris never looked twice at Julie but now that she’s all grown up he can’t stop looking at her. The story is short and sweet and enjoyable. 3.75 out of 5

Where the Horses Run by Kaki Warner is about Josephine Cathcart whose father has spent his money and invested badly and now he wants Josephine to marry money so that he can be saved. She is not really marriage material according to most people as she’s a single mother. Back in 1817 that was a big no-no as she was never married. Rafe Jessup is in England from America to look at the horses that Josephine’s father is selling and the pair meet and fall in love. Unfortunately decisions and life aren’t simple and there are many hurtles to jump if they want to be together. This was a good one, I must say. You can review my review of this one tomorrow. 4 out of 5

Next was the novella Pia Saves the Day by Thea Harrison. This is book 6.6 in the Elder Races series and has Dragos in a horrible accident. He loses his memory but Pia’s not giving up on him. She won’t lose him to his wilder side no matter what she has to do. This was so good! I love Pia and Dragos and showing us the couple facing a huge obstacle in their life was emotionally moving yet wonderful. 4 out of 5

Running Wild by SE Jakes is the story of Sean Rush. He’s a mechanic who just got out of the Army. He’s also an adrenaline junkie and loves stealing and racing cars. Ryker is in the Havoc MC and has been breaking into Sean’s house for the past 8 months and having wild wonderful sex with him. One of Sean’s car thefts go bad and Ryker is there to pick up the pieces but all is not as it seems with Ryker or the Havoc MC. A really good m/m story that added the bonus of an MC. How could I not like this one? 4 out of 5

Debutantes Don’t Date by Kristina O’Grady is a time travel story of an event planner who gets thrown back in time to 1813 from 2013. She immediately meets an Earl and practically attacks him in an alcove at a ball. They’re caught and have to marry. She doesn’t want to marry, she just wants to go home but the longer she stays the more confused she is as she’s falling in love with the Earl. This book had a great premise but unfortunately the romance lacked….romance. On page it was completely lust driven and while steamy it didn’t solidify things in my mind. There was also the heroine who took a bit of getting used to as she couldn’t make up her mind about what she wanted. So decent read but not great. 3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Last for the week was Peanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison. This short novella is about Peanut aka Liam, the son of Dragos and Pia, and his first day of school. It’s fun, heart warming, tender and wonderful. Definitely a must read. I just wanted to grab Liam and hug and kiss him he’s so cute. Put this on your must have list. Releases 7/14 4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Date Night by RC Matthews
Hard to Hold by Incy Black

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Saturday Song

Yikes!  I went AWOL again.  Sorry about that.  I think I just missed most of June.  Well I'm back today with Smile Empty Soul singing Chemicals.  Enjoy!

Review: No Attachments by Tiffany King

Ashton Garrison walked away from a privileged life in order to hide from the one thing she's not willing to face. She knows she left behind a trail of pain, but in the long run, her betrayal will hurt less than the truth. She now has one goal: Live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. She has high hopes that a move to new surroundings will provide the escape she desires, but what Ashton doesn't count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan. Sometimes, when love comes knocking, the pull is too strong not to answer. Suddenly, what she thought she wanted to escape from is what Ashton now wants more than anything.

Nathan Lockton has one mission: find his target and complete the task he was hired to do—no attachments and no emotion necessary. He's done it over and over again. What he thought was a typical lost-and-found job has turned into a life examining moment as Nathan is forced to deal with something he has always ignored--his feelings. Now faced with a decision, Nathan must choose to either follow his heart or complete the job.

Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?

Ashton is in a bar with her friends, Tressa and Brittni, and they’re figuring out how Ashton can approach the hot man at the bar. Ashton finally goes for it and using liquid courage (aka alcohol) she talks the man up and what do you know? They hit it off. Ashton wanted to hit on the man, Nathan, because she has a list of things she needs to accomplish and the one she’s working on in the bar is to have a one night stand with a random stranger. The problem with liquid courage is that your mouth starts to not work correctly and in some cases you pass out – which is what happens to Ashton. She wakes up the next morning in her own bed with a mighty hangover. She’s embarrassed but figures she’ll try again some other time. When Nathan walks into the general store where she works she’s not anxious to talk to him, but again, they seem so compatible. After spending some time together they decide that they will have a no strings attached affair. They each find that this is easier said than done.

Nathan is in the town of Woodfalls looking for Ashton. He has obviously been hired by someone to find her and though he doesn’t know why they’re looking for her or who the person who hired him is, he does know, once he meets Ashton that he’s not ready to hand her over just yet. He likes the girl a lot, is intrigued by her and wants to get to know her better. After a little time together he finds his feelings for her starting to grow. They each said no strings but he’s not willing to charge out of her life anytime soon.

There were so very many aspects of this book that I liked. I really liked the characters and their personalities – whether they were the MC’s or secondary characters. I really liked the humor in the story as well as the fun mixed in with the deeper emotional parts. I thought that the blend of those two made the book much more realistic to me. Nathan and his kindness, tenderness and thoughtfulness was icing on the cake in this wonderful story.

As we read through the story we know that Nathan was hired by someone to find Ashton. We know that Ashton’s been on the run for 4 months and has a bucket list that she’s trying to complete along with the help of her friends. I quickly figured out what Ashton was running from and just waited to find out how it would all play out. I knew once Ashton found out that Nathan had been hired to find her that sparks would fly but luckily it wasn’t the harsh and angry scene that I thought it would be.

The story gets very emotional as the story moves on and it’s quite sad in parts. Though the story went in that direction, and it was something that I hadn’t expected, it was still written tastefully and I ended up liking the book all the more for it. I didn’t feel that the author had just thrown it all in there for reactions sake but to truly show how much the MC’s loved each other and the lengths they were willing to go for each other.

No Attachments is a very sweet love story between two people who think they know what they want from life – but find in the end that they need the exact opposite. I highly recommend this story and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Tiffany King

Review: Snowcroft Lost by Christi Snow

Love this cover
Secrets and Lies…
Everyone has them. Big ones. Little ones.

For Trevor Mayne and Jamie Vaughn, secrets and lies are how they’ve made their fourteen year friendship work. Don’t talk about it. Ignore it and it won’t be real. Pretend like everything’s fine between the two of them.

Jamie can’t live like this anymore. He’s in love with Trevor, his best friend who just happens to be straight. Tired of hiding his feelings, he decides to walk away. From their friendship. From his hometown. From his business.

But before Jamie gets a chance to leave, a freak accident leaves Trevor with amnesia. A new blank perspective leaves him confused about the inconsistencies of what he’s told his life should be vs. the feelings that he knows he has. Now those secrets and lies, that should be safer than ever, are suddenly front and center and changing everything between them.

Their world is at risk because their secrets and lies aren’t the only ones at play here. There’s a bigger lie out there and it could just destroy everything as they get closer and closer to the secret hidden in depths of the Snowcroft forest.

So Jamie is gay and has been in love with his best friend, Trevor, since almost the first time they met 14 years before. He’s kept his feelings about Trevor a secret but lately their friendship has been on the rocks and Jamie’s not sure he can take the angst. When Trevor doesn’t show up for their morning run Jamie is done and makes plans to move out of state – he can’t take being around Trevor if he’s just going to be an ass. After those plans are in the works Jamie decides to go on the run anyway and ends up finding Trevor on the trail, unconscious and with a huge lump on the side of his head.

When Trevor wakes up days later he can’t remember a thing about who Jamie is and even who he is. He’s does know that he’s incredibly attracted to Jamie and is confused when he gets out of the hospital and hears people telling him he's straight. He just knows that can’t be right. He also knows that when people start telling him about the person that he is/was he doesn’t think he likes that person very much. He definitely needs a change in his life and he knows that Jamie will be a big part of that change. Soon Trevor is sharing his body with Jamie but Jamie is leery to make a commitment to the relationship. He believes that once Trevor gets his memory back that things will go back to the way they were.

His current partner in the Forestry Service where Trevor works is anxious to get his hands on a file that’s missing. He asks Trevor to contact him immediately if it is found as it contains crucial information to their current investigation. When both Trevor and Jamie start getting threats about their sexuality (after Trevor comes out in the middle of the town bar), Trevor gets even more interested in the investigation that he was involved in at the time of his accident. Between threats to both men, Trevor’s memory issues and Trevor’s uncle who believes that Jamie, and now Trevor, are abominations in God’s eyes, there’s never a dull moment in the small town of Snowcroft.

I gotta say that when I see an m/m amnesia story with 2 best friends and one is straight, I climb all over that bad boy. This one lived up to every expectation I had of it and threw in a bit of mystery as well.

I loved both Trevor and Jamie and wanted nothing more than for them to be together for the long haul – even though I knew that Trevor would have some rough times with his very religious family. I hadn’t quite expected Trevor’s uncle to be that vocal about his hatred of gays, that’s for sure. Yeah, I knew he was homophobic but not to the extent that it turned out he was. The story takes some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting and that made it all the better.

The story was sweet and tender at times as well as fun, funny, horrific and tragic. There was definitely a good blend of everything in the story and it made for a bit of a page turner. I enjoyed the story immensely and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Christi Snow

Review: Tease by Sophie Jordan

What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who's too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She's always chosen her hookups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.
Never fall in love.
Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he's immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn't even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she's throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she's the one panting for a guy she can't control—a guy who won't settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she's never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . .

Emerson is the “almost” love-em-and-leave-em type. She doesn’t actually get to the lovin part but she has reputation that says she does. She’s got the leave em part down pat. She wants it that way. She wants to be seen as wild and free and let everyone see the carefree person she…isn’t. Inside Emerson is an empty shell. She loves her friends but even they don’t know the truth about her past and how it’s shaped who she is and how she treats relationships.

One night she goes out with a girl she knows, Annie, only because she doesn’t want to stay home. Annie takes her to some biker bar and since Annie really isn’t the “protective of friends” type Emerson is more or less left on her own. She does see one hottie that turns her head but she only goes for guys that she can control and she knows from just looking at hot biker boy that she would never be able to control him. When a bar fight breaks out Annie leaves Emerson stranded and hot bike boy, Shaw, steps in and offers her a ride home.

Emerson wakes up in Shaw’s house with no remembrance of what happened. To say she’s a bit gruff with Shaw is an understatement but the pair find that they like their banter. Shaw is determined to pursue Emerson as he really likes her but Emerson, as much as she likes him, pushes him away. Between her mother, stepbrother, Shaw and her friends Emerson soon clearly sees how she’s lived her life and she doesn’t want to live that way any longer. She’s not sure, however, if she’s pushed Shaw away one too many times.

I downloaded the first 6 chapters of this book for free from Amazon but by the time I got to the end of those chapters I was more than anxious to read the rest and quickly purchased the whole book. I have to say it was more than I expected and that was a good thing!

Emerson was an intelligent and thoughtful person but the events of her childhood haunted her and made her so confused and scared that she pushed everyone away. It became very lonely for her. When Shaw came along it was hard for him to resist him and she couldn’t do it for very long. Shaw was everything a girl could want in a man and he wasn’t giving up on Emerson. I loved that about him. Together they were a great couple and I really enjoyed reading their story.

I hadn’t read the first book in this series, Foreplay, but will soon be doing that as I would love to see what happened with Emerson’s friends Pepper and Reece. If you’re thinking of reading this one but you’re not sure then you should definitely go for it. It’s a great read and one I recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Sophie Jordan

Review: One Night With a Quarterback by Jeanette Murray

She’s daddy’s little girl…or she would have been, had he known she existed. Cassie Wainwright thought her father—head coach of the Santa Fe Bobcats—ignored her purposefully. Come to find out, he had no clue she’d ever been born.

Now Cassie is determined to meet the man who’s always been missing from her life. Her mother warns her, being the long-lost daughter of a well-known NFL coach won’t be easy, but Cassie’s determined to stick it out. And before her life turns upside down, she wants one more night of fun.

Starting quarterback for the Santa Fe Bobcats, Trey Owens is tired of being in the limelight. Lucky for him, the beautiful brunette he meets at the club isn’t a local. She has no idea who he is…and she’s down to party.

Tomorrow, Cassie will think about her father. Tomorrow, she’ll think about her future. But tonight is for herself and the hottie she found on dance floor. It’s a matchup made in heaven—if only for a night…

Years ago Cassie’s mother slept with a guy and got pregnant. Not too unusual except for the fact that Cassie’s mother never told her who her father was and never told the father she was pregnant. The information has finally been shared, now that Cassie’s more than an adult, and Cassie’s off to New Mexico to meet her father and stay for a while to get to know him and his family.

The night before Cassie is to meet her father she goes out with her friend (who was traveling with her) and meets Trey. They hit it off immediately and end up in bed together. Trey is smitten from almost word one but Cassie is a bit of a hard sell. She doesn’t want anything to get in the way of meeting her father.

When Cassie does meet her father, Ken, who is a coach for the Santa Fe Bobcats – an NFL team – things are…awkward. He invites her to stay in his pool house, which is a 2 bedroom house, but he imposes rules on her like she’s a teenager. As he’s well known and has an image to protect he tells her no men. Cassie agrees because there are no men in her life but then she runs into Trey again. He wants nothing more than to be with Cassie - spend time with her, get to know her...you know, date. He’s a Bobcat player but doesn’t tell Cassie as he loves being and average Joe for a change and as Cassie doesn’t share who her father is they have no idea that they have so much in common.

While meeting her father is a wonderful thing for Cassie he doesn’t seem too excited. He keeps blowing off their scheduled lunches and she hardly sees him at his house. She does see his teen daughters who she really loves and his judgmental wife, Tabitha, who she doesn’t really love, at all. She’s not sure that she’s welcome but loves Trey and wants to stay. When shit hits the fan however, things might not turn out how Cassie expects.

When I read the blurb for ONWaQ it sounded like a fun, light read. While parts of it were very fun, other parts were definitely more emotional and heart-wrenching than I expected.

Starting with Trey – he was awesome. Though I didn’t like the fact that he was hiding who he was from Cassie (because after he got to know her he should have known that she wouldn’t care), I liked almost everything else about him. He was kind, generous, a great friend, loving, and an all around good guy. He did have a moment near the end when I wanted to smack him upside the head a time or two but he quickly recovered and made up for it in a great way.

Cassie was an independent woman but she was also a people pleaser. I wasn’t sure I liked that part of her. With Trey she was fun and funny while being a straightforward person. With Ken and Tabitha she didn’t stand up for herself (especially with Tabitha!) and that annoyed me as it just didn’t seem like her. She finally grew some cajones and stood her ground and I appreciated finally seeing that.

Tabitha was a bitch. I kept trying to see things from her perspective – as in, this adult daughter of her husband comes out of the woodwork and her husband didn’t know she existed so how could Tabitha? Tabitha is protective of her children, I get that, but she’s the epitome of a stuck up, high on her own status, rich snob. I hated the way she directed her girls lives as if they had no brains in their heads at all. They couldn’t do what they wanted or wear what they wanted and because of that they ended up going to extremes and breaking out of the mold in huge ways when if they had been given even a little leeway that probably wouldn’t have happened. She treated Cassie like she was a dirty piece of gum stuck on the bottom of her shoe and that irritated me to no end.

Despite the fact that I wasn’t a fan of Ken’s or Tabitha’s (Ken redeems himself), I really liked the story and the romance in this book. I loved Trey and Cassie together and that made the book that much better. Trey’s friends were wonderful as well and I’m hoping they get their own books in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Jeanette Murray 

What I Read Last Week

Hey folks!

Wassup? Hope you’re all well.

Last week was a bit crazy for me/us and our youngest daughter. She graduated from 6th grade which was awesome. I still can’t believe she’ll be starting Jr. High School in just a couple of month – yikes!

With her 6th Grade teacher

On Saturday she had another of her promotions in TKD. She was a little off her game but she still passed with flying colors.

Then on Sunday we attended her dance recital. She takes an intermediate tumbling class at a dance studio and as the studio was having their yearly recital she was in it. :) She did a great job there as well and I was very proud of her…for everything she did last week! :)

While playing chauffer to my kids (and feeling like a mobile ATM) I got a little bit of reading in:

I started off the week with Men of Smithfield: Sam and Aaron by LB Gregg. A great story about Sam who is a Smithfield resident and pretty set in his ways. Aaron comes to town and mixes everything up – but in a good way. You can read my review of this one here. 4 out of 5

Next up was One Night With a Quarterback by Jeanette Murray. This is the story of Cassie and how she finds out who her father is when she’s a grown woman. They make contact and now Cassie is meeting her famous NFL coach father for the first time as well as his wife and 2 teen daughters. She also meets Trey who is one of her father’s players but she has no idea who he is and he doesn’t share that fact. It was a good read and I’ll post my review of this one this week. 4 out of 5

Rowan’s Lady by Suzan Tisdale is a medieval historical and book 1 in the Clan Graham series. This story follows Arline who has been wed to a horrid man, Garrick, who treats her like a prisoner. Her marriage contract states that if she doesn't conceive in 1 year, 1 month and 1 day from the wedding he could get the marriage annulled – which he definitely plans to do. As he doesn’t have sex with her there’s no fear of getting her pregnant. Garrick then kidnaps Rowan Graham’s 4 year old daughter, Lily, and Arline takes care of her to save her from Garrick's cruelty. Lily is rescued and Arline is set free after the annulment and ends up at Rowan’s keep acting as Lily’s governess. Rowan really likes Arline but isn’t sure he can share his heart again after the death of his wife. This was a pretty great story. There were quite a few times that Arline needed saving which got a little old, and a little long and slow a time or two, but overall it kept my attention and kept me reading. 3.75/4 out of 5

After finishing the previous book I picked up book 2 in the Clan Graham series – Frederick’s Queen by Suzan Tisdale. This story follows Frederick who was Rowan’s first in the previous book. Frederick won’t inherit the Lairdship from his father but would like to be a Laird. When given the chance to marry Aggie McLaren and become Laird of the clan McLaren when her father dies, he takes it. Aggie is mute and her father is beyond cruel. She’s had many horrible things happen to her in the past and has many secrets – including the fact that she can talk, just with a stutter. Aggie and Frederick end up falling in love but between her father, his first, a female clan member and an evil neighboring Laird life is dangerous and not exactly easy. FQ was another really good book by Tisdale. This one was slow in a few places and had some parts that were hard to read (a rape – but not complete details, and some nasty torture). Overall a good story though and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Too bad it won’t come out for another year or so. :( 3.75/4 out of 5 

Last for the week was A Tiger’s Claim by Lia Davis. Shayna, who is the adopted daughter of an Alpha, runs off after an argument with her father and ends up getting attacked by mutants – shifters that are stuck as half man half wolf. She is saved by Travis who takes her home to help her heal. She goes into heat and he takes care of her, of course, and discovers that she’s his mate. They end up with his daughter and mother back at Shay’s father’s compound but the danger from the mutants isn’t over. This was an OK read. I think this could have been a better read if it had been longer so that it could get a little more in depth with the characters as well as the background of how everything with the mutants started. It also needed a good editing as extra words and misspelled words became very annoying. 2 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Mended by Kim Karr 

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Book Spotlight: Complementary Colors by Adrienne Wilder (+a Giveaway!)

Author’s Note about Complementary Colors charity donation:

Mental illness affects people of all ages, races, religions, and financial status. And millions of those people will die because the only way they think they can escape the pain is to take their own life. Many victims of suicide are Veterans and those in the LGBT community.

Because so many people can benefit from having resources in a time of crisis, a minimum of 10% of sales from each book will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. With every thousand copies sold I will add an additional 1% until I reach 25% of all monies made.

This donation will be done in the memory of all those who have been lost to suicide.


Complementary Colors
By Adrienne Wilder
Erotic romantic suspense (m/m)

My sister Julia manipulated my life into a prison to keep me silent about our dirty family secret. Her greed made me a slave and circumstance left me with no way to escape.

Trapped, the only way I could silence the nightmares driving me to insanity was to wrap them in color, hold them with shadow, and stitch them to negative space with line.

But no matter how bright the pigments, no one could see my confession.

Except for Roy Callahan.

I thought he was just another nameless one-night stand in a long line of many.

But I was wrong. Roy could see past the façade of my life and through the veil color over the canvas. He could see what the world couldn’t.

With him I’d find the courage to tell the truth about the boy.

The boy who kissed me.
The boy who loved me.
The boy whose name I couldn’t remember.

About the Author:
City of Dragons Portfolio (this site has images of gay sex)

Georgia born and bred, I am an artist, a writer, and a general pain in the ass. I spend most of my days working on my next book or designing cover art for other writers. For stress relief I do olympic lifting and occasionally run (but hate it). I have been in love with writing since I was very young but it wasn't until recently that I decided to pursue it as a profession. I have experimented in several genres and found that since I identify as male, male romance has been the most comfortable for me to write. I don't discriminate in my books. All characters are fair game. I do however, prefer a happy ending at some level. 

I don't write the standard romance book. Some might even argue that what I write isn't romance at all. Personally I think of them as love stories, where even in a fantastical world, there are realistic outcomes to the obstacles the characters face. Many of my books have dark turns and twists where the characters fight for the light at the end of the tunnel. I write action, fist fights, gun fights, down right dirty evil people who have to be stopped, things catch fire, blow up, and fall in. My characters come in a unique range. They are not all good guys, but the majority of them have very good hearts. 

Many of them have been through hell in their lives, and many of them have a laundry list of faults. But hopefully they manage to surprise you with their tenacity and loyalty. If all goes well, there will be a myriad of different kinds of books available this year. If I am really lucky, you will enjoy them.
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Review: Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau

College hockey player Austin Puett is in trouble. Unless he starts treating his flamboyantly gay roommate with respect, he’ll lose his room and his job at Rear Entrance Video. But Austin’s got a not-so-straight secret of his own: nothing turns him on more than insults implying he’s gay—even though he’s definitely not!—and all his old coping methods have stopped working.

Pure desperation drives him to rent a Mischievous Pictures porn flick about straight men tricked into servicing Puck, a male dominant. Instead of letting off steam, though, it just leaves him craving more, more, more, and suddenly, Austin finds himself at Mischievous Pictures Studios for an audition. After all, you can be Gay For Pay and still be straight . . . right?

But meeting Liam Williams, the real person behind Puck, confuses Austin even more. Liam really seems to like him as a person, and Austin likes him back. And while Gay For Pay’s okay, what does it make Austin if he still wants Liam when the cameras aren’t rolling?

Austin is a hockey player and has always been a team player. He’s sees life as black and white so he doesn’t understand the fact that he pops a boner every time someone calls him a fag or pussy. He knows he’s not gay so why does that do it for him every time? He desperately wants to cure himself of his problem but he doesn’t know how. He works part time at a video store that was recently turned into a gay porn video store. One night a guy returns a DVD entitled Straight Sub Setup 4 Austin thinks he’s figured out a way to “fix” his problem . He takes it home to watch and realizes this is what he needs. He needs someone controlling and humiliating him and having sex with him…with his consent yet…then he can blame it on the setup. Huh? He wants it, he just doesn’t want to admit he wants it. He’s straight but with a definite kink that’s ruining his life.

When the star of Straight Sub Setup 4 walks into the porn store Austin is flustered yet impressed. He decides that he wants what Puck can give him so he tries to go after starring in one of Puck’s movies. Puck refuses. Austin is determined, yet by the time he actually gets Puck – real name Liam – alone he realizes that while he wants what Liam can give him he doesn’t want it on film. Liam agrees to help Austin and Austin ends up getting way more than he planned for.

This book had an intriguing blurb so I was looking forward to reading it. I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

This is a straight up GFY story. It takes Austin quite a while to embrace his kink and along that road we got plenty of humiliation & self-torture it did go on for longer than I expected it to, I must admit, but in the end it just showed how it all truly controlled his life and not in a good way. When Austin and Liam finally start working together to deal with Austin’s kink neither man knows what will be in store for them in the long run. I believe that Liam definitely has his eye on Austin from the start but it took Austin awhile to really see Liam for the man he was. Once that happened he could embrace him and that eventually helped him to embrace himself.

I wasn’t sure the pair was really going to end up together as even when the pair was together it wasn’t a hearts and roses type of love. The author, however, did a great job of putting them into a place in life where they both got what they wanted from the other and found love at the same time. It was a great ending and I really enjoyed the book.

My first full length read by this author and it won’t be my last, that’s for sure.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Heidi Belleau

Review: Men of Smithfield: Sam and Aaron by LB Gregg

With our family's legacy, Meyers B&B, in the flailing hands of me, Sam Meyers, and my sister Wynne, we're determined to revive the place. We've started a series of blind-date cooking classes, and taken on our first boarder. Granddad is even now rolling in his grave.

Signed up for the class is our new guest, Aaron Saunders, a Californian transplant who's distractingly handsome and clearly up to no good. I can't quite figure him out. He blew into town and has been relentless in his search for…something.

The sexy sneak is intriguing. And we've had a steamy moment. Or two. But now I can't stop wondering why he's searching in secret. From the library, to the historical society, to my own backyard, Aaron leaves no stone unturned or record book unopened. He's definitely gotten my attention. But that might not be the only thing he's after.

Sam Meyers is returning books to the library one night when he gets a little stuck - literally. He is aided by Aaron Saunders (a man he doesn’t know and Sam knows everyone in Smithfield) who is dressed all in black and was actually in the library when Sam got stuck. Considering that they library was closed that’s a bit odd. Sam’s not sure who this guy is but he believes that Aaron can’t possibly be up to any good.

When Sam gets home that night he discovers that a new guest has checked in at the B & B that he and his sister, Wynne, own. That guest is none other than Aaron Saunders. Once Sam gets a chance to talk to Aaron he’s incredibly intrigued but there’s just something too secretive about the guy and it makes Sam suspicious.

Sam gets to know Aaron better but there’s still an air of mystery around him. Sam does end up surprising Aaron eventually as Aaron believed Sam to be a bit of a bore. The story revolved mostly around Sam trying to figure out exactly what Aaron was up to. When Sam found out what that was he was a bit freaked out that he liked a guy who might be a relative (yikes!) but that didn’t stop him from crawling in to bed with him. For someone who was supposed to be a bore Sam really proved Aaron wrong.

The humor and family that are always part of Gregg’s writing were present in a big way in this story. I loved Sam and his sister Wynne’s relationship as well as the relationship they both had with their friend Claire. This story had as much to do with Wynne and Sam’s family heritage as it did with Aaron’s and Sam’s romance. I loved the dual storyline and I thought they blended well with each other.

I do wish that the book had been a tad longer so that the last part of the story, after all the secrets had been revealed, could have flourished a bit, but I guess I can’t have everything. ;)

The romance, the family, Wynne’s cooking classes…it all made for a fun and enjoyable book.

Rating: 4 out of 5

LB Gregg

Review: Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde

Liam "Hunter" Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil's Jack, he knows his duty. He'll defend his club from their oldest enemies-the Reapers-using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers' president has a daughter who's alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.

Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club's president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger-a man who isn't afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn't afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he's The One.

Or so she thinks.

Em is the daughter of the Reapers MC president.  She's lived her life under a microscope and has finally gotten the balls to move out of her father's house and into a different city.  She's loving her independence!  Online she meets Liam.  For 3 months they text back and forth and she feels that though she hasn't met him he might be "the one."  She arranges to meet him for a drink and when she sees him she's thrilled. He's not only gorgeous but he's just as nice and wonderful as he was via text.  They head to another location because the bar is too loud and the attraction Em felt over the phone intensifies.  When Liam starts to take her back to his car in the back of the bar, however, Em is smart enough to know when to cut and run.  Unfortunately she doesn't run fast enough and is caught.

Em eventually frees herself and life goes on but she feels incredibly betrayed to know that Liam only contacted her because of MC business.  She's not a pawn to be played with.  That doesn't stop her from yearning for Liam and the way he acts shows her that he cares for her as well.  They are, however, like a modern day Romeo and Juliet and Em doesn't see how they can ever be together with Liam in a rival club from her father.  

I was pleasantly surprised when I got into this book.  I wasn't sure what to expect from Em and Liam aka Hunter. It was kind of a New Adult book but a lot grittier and rougher than most I've read - which I absolutely loved.  I thought that having Em and Hunter as younger characters really worked for this story line.  

Hunter was a good guy.  To say he was a bit torn between Em and his MC was an understatement.  I really appreciated the fact that he would do anything for Em though, including leaving the MC, if that's what she wanted.  I thought it showed how devoted he was to her and to making their relationship work.

Em had a pretty good head on her shoulders and I liked the fact that she was knowledgeable about the MC from growing up in one so she didn't freak that Hunter was in one.  I think it brought a nice contrast to the first two stories in the series.  Those books were about women who had no clue about the happenings in an MC and having a heroine that knew the ins and outs made the romance between Hunter and Em that much better. (Not that I didn't love the first two books, I did!) This story could go straight to the couple rather than having any explanations about club life standing in their way.  I thought that Hunter/Liam and Em were perfect for each other.  

Overall it was a great read and one I definitely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Joanna Wylde

What I Read Last Week

Life has finally calmed down. Yay! This is a good thing. I’ve started planning a vacation for next month and I’m excited about that. Hopefully I’ll have time to just crash a time or two and get some solid reading hours in. :)  

Congrats to Yvonne A. who won Parts I & II of The Kraken King by Meljean Brook.

So – On to what I read last week:  

I started off the week with Devil’s Game by Joanna Wylde. This is book 3 in the Reapers MC series and it was a good one. I’ll post my review tomorrow.  

Next was Straight Shooter by Heidi Belleau. This is a GFY story of a guy who gets off on guys calling him gay. He enters into a relationship with a guy in order to “get it out of his system.” Yeah, that never works, does it. :) I’ll post my review of this one this week.   

Poplar Place by Ellen Butler is the story of a woman who buys a house who has a tenant living on the 3rd floor and a past that comes back to haunt her. She used to be an Assistant DA and one of her cases – the one that made her leave the DA’s office – comes back front and center in her life. She finally meets the recluse tenant on the 3rd floor and falls in love. The story is about Cara’s journey back in to life after killing herself with guilt. It takes her tenant, Daniel, to help her through. Daniel is an empath when he touches people but he also has some other funky twists to his ability that we never find out about. It was a good story but kind of strange. 3.5 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)  

Date Night by RC Matthews was next and is about a young woman, Jordan, who has graduated from college and is being set up on blind dates by her grandmother aka Grannie. Grannie is dying and wishes to be at her Jordan’s wedding so she’s planning it for 2 months away…with no fiancé. Grannie asks family friend JT, who works at a local restaurant, to watch over Jordan while she’s on her dates. The dates are funny as the guys are a mess but soon Jordan and JT figure out that they’re the ones that are meant to be together. I did have some issues with this one but it was a cute story. 3.5 out of 5  

Roc Solid by Audra Carusso tells the story of Roc who runs an animal rescue association. Roc has been after one man for years who runs a dog fighting business. When Roc manages to infiltrate the premises where he believes that there is dog fighting going on he ends up finding Avery in a dog cage. He rescues her but with nowhere to go Roc ends up with Avery in his home and soon in his bed. But the man who had her caged isn’t giving up on getting his property back. The story was a good one though the MC’s did fall in love quite quickly. The whole premise of it all worked for me and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 4 out of 5 

Last for the week was a book called Lash by Sam Crescent. The book revolved around The Skulls MC and focused on Angel who was basically taken from her home as interest on the payments that her father owed the club. Lash has had his eye on Angel for a while – even before she came to the club (that wasn’t really explained) and now Lash is making his move. He is bossy and domineering but Angel likes it and soon is falling in love. Angel could be kind of a doormat and that was annoying. There was lots and lots of sex so I’d definitely put this into the erotic romance section. 3 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Just for the Weekend by Susanne Matthews

Happy Reading!

Review: Mended by Kim Karr

Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.

After moving past her painful breakup with Xander years ago, Ivy was poised to become the next big name in pop music…when suddenly she withdrew from the limelight—the same day she announced her engagement to her controlling agent, Damon Wolf.

Xander knows he should keep his distance. But once they’re on the road, he can’t resist pursuing her for a second chance. Yet a jealous Damon can’t let her go—and he’s keeping dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.

When the three of them come together, everything falls apart. But if Xander and Ivy can hold tight to the bond that connects them, they just might have a chance at reclaiming the powerful love they thought they had lost forever....

Xander and Ivy were once in a relationship that had all the elements of a life long commitment. They were inseparable and had made plans for the future. Unfortunately, in their senior year, Xander’s father committed suicide and it changed Xander’s life. Instead of going to Chicago to go to college with Ivy he would be staying home with his family. He didn’t know how to tell Ivy but she made that easy when she made some assumptions about him, dumped him and it tore them apart.

Now it’s 12 years later and Xander is the manager of his brother’s band, The Wild Ones, who are on tour. The lead singer they got to replace Xander’s brother, River, suddenly can’t perform and the band is stuck and may have to cancel the tour. Ivy, who has become somewhat of a star, steps in when they need her the most and the tour continues.

Xander hadnt seen Ivy for 12 years and when he did he was struck by how much he still loved her. She was engaged to her agent, Damon Wolfe, however, so he knew she was off limits. When Ivy steps up to take the lead singer’s place the band is excited – so is Xander. Unfortunately, Ivy is still living under that assumption she made about Xander all those years ago and it makes things tense for everyone. Xander finally comes clean and all is well. The couple looks like they’re going to live happily ever after and glide off into the sunset…except, they don’t. When Xander heads home for a few days to be with his brother and Dahlia, things with Ivy hit the skids and neither Xander nor Ivy can figure a way out of it.

Though I wasn’t a huge fan of Xander’s during books 1 and two in the Connections series I was really interested to read his story. I always like reunited lovers stories as well so the fact that his book contained that trope made me want to read it even more.

The book starts out when Xander and Ivy are just 17 years old and getting ready to graduate. The prologue shows us how strong and wonderful the relationship between the two are and it’s incredibly sweet. They are a great couple and it makes us believe that nothing can tear them apart.

We cut to 12 years later and apparently something COULD tear them apart. They are not together nor have they been since the summer after they graduated high school. We don’t figure out the exact details of what happened between the two until later, but it obviously has something to do with the fact that Ivy believes that Xander cheated on her. Right off the bat, knowing how much Xander is so torn up about Ivy being engaged to another man, makes me think that the cheating never happened. She starts to sing and tour with the band, the couple works out their issues and all is good. Xander and Ivy are pretty great together and I loved seeing them reunite and hope for the future. That is until Xander has to leave New York due to a family emergency. When he returns things are FUBAR like he never believed they could be.

It is at this point in the story that the author started to lose me. What Ivy does because of Damon Wolfe, her ex-fiancé and agent, is so unbelievably stupid I almost put the book down permanently. Ivy was much smarter than that and I couldn’t believe that her character would fall for Damon’s lies. I was happy that Xander didn’t give up on Ivy but then again did I want him to be with a woman who could betray him like that? IDK. Supposedly it was for Xander that she did what she did but it didn’t gel with me.

As the story moved on there were several events in the book that I didn’t care for. The band, after the tour is finished, just kind of gives up on the band. They move into other jobs and there’s not really a discussion about ending the band but it happens. That was just odd. There was also a portion about Xander and his family parentage that was interesting but I couldn’t really see how it worked into the story other than to cause sensationalism. A character in the book had previously give Xander leverage against Damon but yet…there was more to the whole story of Damon and Xander and Xander’s father. Again, it was interesting but didn’t really move the story along. The last part of the book seemed like a big love fest and I found that it just filled pages and didn’t really move me one way or the other.

So…in the end I found this book to have it’s ups and downs. While I was plowing through the first part of the book and found it quite compelling the second part of it left me wanting, I’m sorry to say.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Kim Karr

Cover Reveal: Promise Me This by Christina Lee

Book 4 in the Between Breaths series is coming out on October 7th!
PROMISE ME THIS by Christina Lee  

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A new love will test the boundaries of passion between a privileged boy next door and the tattooed, blue-haired girl who helps him embrace his wild side...

Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It's not that he doesn't respect or trust women; he doesn't trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn't do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn't take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.

Author Bio:

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK and WHISPER TO ME available now, PROMISE ME THIS on October 7th, 2014.

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Review: Backwoods by Jill Sorenson

The more you trust, the more you risk…

When plans for a wilderness retreat with her teenage daughter Brooke go awry, Abby Hammond reluctantly pairs up with Brooke's stepbrother and his dad, Nathan Strom, for the weeklong trek. The only thing Abby has in common with the bad-boy former pro athlete is that their exes cheated with each other. That…and a visceral attraction that's growing more complicated with every step through the picturesque woods.

Nathan's wild-card reputation lost him his career and his family. After years of regret, he's ready to fight for what truly matters—and that includes Abby's hard-won trust. When Brooke goes missing, Nathan knows he's her best and only hope of rescue. But the deeper into the rugged mountains they go, the more dangerous the territory will prove—for their safety and for their hearts.

Abby isn’t the hiking/backwoods type. She likes to be clean, she likes her phone, she doesn’t like to sweat, she likes to look good. You know, normal stuff. :) Her daughter Brooke is totally the opposite. Not that she doesn’t like to look good or stay clean, but she’s an athlete and loves the great outdoors. She’s decided that she’s going to take the family hiking. Now "the family" is a bit odd. We have Abby who is Brooke's mother and then her father, Ray, who is a total dickwad who cheated on Abby with one of his clients. Ray got married to the Lydia, the client. Lydia brought her son, Leo, to the marriage. Leo’s dad is Nathan who also got screwed by divorce when Lydia cheated on him. Wow, total soap opera materiel, right? But it’s not.

So Brooke plans the week-long trip with Abby, Ray, Lydia and Leo to bond. Lydia supposedly twists her ankle and bows out of the weekend with Ray.  She then calls Nathan to step in as parent. Leo doesn’t get along with his dad so he’s not happy about the change. Brooke is disappointed as once again her father flakes on her. Abby isn’t happy with the hiking but she thinks Nathan’s hot so that’s a bonus.

The foursome strike out on their hike and things go well. They run into some hunters that are creepy and then a Croation man and his girlfriend who are just weird. They get robbed and Abby, who is a complete nervous Nelly about things, starts to freak out. She had read about some girls who have gone missing in the same woods and she’s not feeling safe. She is feeling some things toward Nathan and she likes that of course and he seems to like her as well but neither want to make a move in front of the kids – even though Brooke is practically pushing them together. They’re all having a relatively good time until Brooke goes missing. They track her but Nathan wants to go for help. Abby isn’t about to leave her daughter when she can trail her and since Nathan knows that Leo will stay with Abby, and he fears for his safety, he decides that he’ll go with Abby as well. They find the hideout but things go wrong from there.

Backwoods is the kind of book that has you on the edge of your seat almost the entire time. I obviously knew that something was going to happen because of the blurb so I was constantly tense while anticipating it. I really loved that suspense.

The actual abduction and subsequent story, while intense, almost felt like it was a let down after the high anticipation. The abduction is horrible and the people who take her are bad people – maybe not so much the younger guy but still bad, imho. The older guy is a nasty piece of work but in the end it seemed that Brooke was rescued with a fair bit of ease and it all worked out. I guess I was just thinking the situation would all last a bit longer and be a bit more difficult to get out of and it was a bit of a let down. Brooke then makes a TSTL decision near the end of the book that really surprised me as she seemed so smart and that didn’t set well with me. Not only did she put herself back into a precarious position but then made an uber stupid move with one of the bad guys that I just couldn’t see her making. IDK, it seemed out of character for her as I didn’t think she would do those things.

In the end I think the reason this isn’t getting a higher rating is because of Abby. I couldn’t connect with her and frankly couldn’t figure her out. She seemed like a totally high-strung woman and kind of paranoid at one turn and then was this totally cool mom the next, then was supposed to be kind of a sexy woman as well. I didn’t feel the sexy woman or cool mom part at all. Yes, she loved Brooke desperately but I couldn’t see her relaxing enough to really let Nathan in. He was all that was hot and wonderful, despite his past, and I really liked him…just not with Abby.

Unfortunately I didn’t care for the romances – between either Nathan and Abby or the odd relationship that was going on with Brooke and Leo. But, overall, I liked the suspense and I liked the family bonding that occurred during the book.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Jill Sorenson 

What I Read Last Week

Hi folks,

I hope you had a good week. It was a week of lows and highs in our family. On Wednesday we had my father-in-laws service which was very sad. It was a very nice service however, and I think he would have liked all of the wonderful things people said about him.

Then just yesterday my girls played in church. They have been practicing Firework by Katy Perry for the past 4 months with the “adult” choir (I say “adult” but there are quite a few teens in it as well) and they finally got to perform it. They. Totally. Rocked. Seriously. I was just so proud of not only my two girls but the whole group.


The Youth Ringers also played Blessed Assurance yesterday. I’m not normally a fan of that song but I liked this arrangement.


FYI: My giveaway of Parts I & II of The Kraken King by Meljean Brook is still going until midnight on the 11th. You can enter here.

ALSO – Sandy James is giving away a 1 Kindle and 3 ebook copies of her book The Bottom Line. This runs until the evening of the 10th I believe. You can enter here.

So on to what I read last week:

I started off the week with Devil of the Highlands by Lynsay Sands (if you haven’t noticed I’ve been working my way through her historicals lately). As I was reading I thought to myself …wow, this sounds like another book I read once. Uh, yeah, it was the same book and I had completely forgotten that I’d read it. lol Anyway, despite it being a reread I had forgotten enough of it to make it worth reading. The story is about a woman who is placed in an arranged marriage to a man who supposedly/possibly killed 3 members of his family. She really liked the guy and wants to make the marriage work but he doesn’t know how to communicate – even when someone starts trying to kill her off. It was a little bit of a mystery and a fun romance. 3.5 out of 5 

Next was Burn for Me by Cynthia Eden. This is the story of Eve Bradley who is a freelance journalist who wants to bring down a project that is supposedly recruiting paranormals for testing when they’re really kidnapping the subjects. Eve meets Subject Thirteen who is really Cain O’Connor and it turns out that he’s a phoenix who can’t die. Well, there is one way, but no one can stand the fire long enough to get the job done. Eve tries to save all of the subjects, especially Cain as she feels an undeniable attraction to the man, but things don’t work out like she thought they would. The story has Cain and Eve running from the bad guys, getting caught, getting free a couple of times and that was a bit repetitive, but for the most part it was a good story. I like Cain and Eve together even though it certainly wasn’t a sweet tender type romance – and certainly not traditional. 4 out of 5

Backwoods by Jill Sorenson is book four in the Aftershock series. This book has Abby and Nathan’s story. Overall I liked the book but I did have a couple of issues with it. I’ll post my review this week.

Next was Mended by Kim Karr. The first two books in the Connections series gave us River and Dahlia. Now we have Xander who is River’s brother and Ivy who he is reunited with. They were together in high school and now 12 years later they are reunited with each other but there’s some major stuff to work through before they can be together. The story was good in parts and then other parts I wasn’t so fond of. I’ll post my review this week.

The Switch by Lynsay Sands was next. This is the story of twin sisters – one who is posing as a boy – who are trying to get away from their uncle who is trying to marry them off to horrible men. They escape and try to head to their maternal uncle’s house but are assisted by a man who ends up screwing up their plan. They end up in London under his protection posing as his relatives. Radcliffe is confused because he seems to be attracted to the boy, Charlie, but then sometimes he’s attracted to Beth. Turns out that Charlie poses as both Beth and herself and that’s what’s confusing him. The girls attempt to find husbands but Charlie wants Radcliffe. They’re also fighting a blackmailer who could ruin everything for them. This was a really cute story. It got a bit convoluted at times but overall a good read. 3.5 out of 5

Last for the week was a novella called Her Dragon Billionaire by Lizzie Lynn Lee. The story is about a woman who is in the witness protection program but is found and almost killed by the Russian mafia (who she testified against). She is found by Liam who is a billionaire and a dragon shifter. He immediately decides to save her life by bonding with her with his dragon blood. When she awakens she has no memory other than her name and he tells her that they’re married cuz he wants to keep her. She does ridiculous amnesiac stuff (but I probably would have too if the guy didn’t tell me the whole truth) and gets caught by the mafia again. The story had too many ins and outs to be as short as it was. It hinted at stuff that I wanted more info on and never got and it was a little too insta-love for me. Is there variations on insta-love? After reading this I think there are. In the end it was just an ok read. 2 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that have posted recently:
What Happens in Ireland by Whitney K-E
Reckless by Jessi Gage
Love and Shenanigans by Zara Keane
Dark Heat: The Dark Kings Stories by Donna Grant

Happy Reading!


Review: Fall From India Place by Samantha Young

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again….

Hannah fell in love with Marco when she was 14.  They became friends but even though Hannah wanted to be his girlfriend over the years it never actually happened.  When she was 17 she went to a party and Marco was there.  He didn't want her involved with the lowlifes that were at the party so he took her to his room (yes, he was one of the roommates) and they ended up sleeping together.  Right after, Hannah told Marco that she loved him and he looked at her with a horrified look on his face and left the room. She never heard from him again.

Now it's five years later and Hannah is shocked when she sees Marco at the wedding of one of her friends.  Marco makes an effort to talk to her but Hannah wants nothing to do with him.  He ends up almost stalking her trying to get her to talk to him but she refuses.  Once she gives in she hears from Marco that he left the country the day after they slept together because of a death in the family.  She's pissed when she finds out that he's been back in Scotland for 4 years and never contacted her. She eventually agrees to be friends with him but nothing more.  He doesn't give up on her and soon works his way back into her life.  When she finds out the secret he's keeping it's a deal breaker for her and again she wants nothing to do with him.  The problem is that she fell back in love with him and it's breaking her heart all over again to let him go.

We read this story from Hannah's pov and I was definitely sad at times that we didn't get Marco's insights.  I think that would have been awesome, although Young did a good job of showing us his emotions.

Hannah, in this story, wasn't my favorite.  I loved her and Marco together but that girl had some serious issues that I'm not sure were resolved by the end of the book. She had some series health problems soon after Marco left and her issues with Marco dealt with the fact that he wasn't there for her when she needed him.  My problem was with the fact that she was punishing him for not contacting her for 4 years but she never sat and realized that even had he contacted her he still wasn't there for her in her time of need.   

Marco seemed like a good guy.  He was good to Hannah even when he felt he wasn't good enough for her and I pretty much adored the man he had turned into.  I was sad for him when Hannah pushed him away but was so happy when he didn't give up on her.  

We also get to catch up with the characters from previous books and since it's been a while since they all got together there are children involved.  I admit to having a hard time keeping them all straight but it was all good.

Though this story had a ton of angst - and I do mean a ton - it was really good.  I thought the characters were well written and extremely realistic.  The story flowed well and kept me more than engaged.  Just a darned good book.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Samantha Young