Category Archives: Reviews: LGBTQ+

Sweet romance with a lot of heart

The Color of SummerThe Color of Summer by Anna Martin

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This was a sweet romance, as I’d expect for a Dreamspinner Press publication, with very little angst and a lot of heart.

But, nothing much happens until, all of a sudden, there’s a massive big dramatic moment which, okay was completely believable given the circumstances, but just felt a tad out of place.

The pacing is very slow, it’s definitely not a traditional best friend’s older brother type romance with lots of angsting and pining.

Instead, Tyler’s about face over whether he wants to date a man and his revelation that he’s always been attracted to them, seemed a little sudden and unearned.

However, I loved Juniper, Tyler’s six-year-old daughter, I loved the secondary cast of characters and I loved Max, so overall this was a good read but not an out of the ordinary one.

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Gorgeous slow burn rock star romance from Beth

Impossible Things Ebook
Impossible Things
by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was lucky to beta read this for Beth and I have to say that I fell completely in love with Benji and Diego, even though Benji also frustrated me to the ends of the Earth!

Complicated, complex characters wrapped around a fairly simple plot which focuses down on the difficulties between transitioning from friends who’ve been in love and pining for the other for 10 years, into actually being partners.

Added outside forces bring tension to keep the pace moving along rapidly and, the more the story progresses, the more Benji’s deep desire to be successful is uncovered and the layers peeled back while Diego struggles with how to protect his daughter amid the increased publicity surrounding Star Shadow.

Everything about this romance works for me, it switches from slow burn to a powerful volcano of emotional heat and all points in between!

I’ve loved both books in this series and they’ve been radically different but both utterly brilliant.

Now I’m hoping that Felix finally gets his Max eh Beth?

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Smoking hot and super romantic wrap up to this lovely series

nine small sips ebook
Nine Small Sips
by V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lordy be that was hot! I think this series has been an utter triumph for Vicki and I absolutely loved seeing Isamu and Brian get their happy ever after.

There’s lots of laughs and excitement on the way before the cherry blossoms are sprinkled and the sake drunk but all comes together in delightful epilogue to the Takes of Bryant Park series.

Now we’re getting more with Devon and Caiden and I can’t wait!

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Fivesome filthy perfection from the Merikans

TheirBounty-KAM-f-tag_900Their Bounty by K.A. Merikan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is pure Merikan – filthy in the best way, dirty and hot as a volcano, just a little bit twisted but with a core of solid steel romance at the centre.

Four men, each uniquely drawn with vibrant personalities and talents and a fifth, the anchor around which to secure their kinks and desires and the who drives the narrative forward.

I can’t make up my mind who I love best. Tank, the strong Daddy, taking care of his crew, or Boar, enthusiastic and sweet with a need to connect, fiery Pyro, hot-tempered and sexually aggressive, or Drake, sullen and hiding a painful secret.

Each of them brings something different for Clover and he shamelessly hoards all their desires and affections.

The suspense element is, as always with this writing duo, well planned and still brings a surprise even though it’s blindingly obvious once you know!

I am loving this new series.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Gorgeous age gap college ice hockey romance

Benoit (Owatonna U Hockey #3)Benoit by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another gorgeous romance in this college ice hockey series from RJ and Vicki.

***Spoiler***

This one has very little angst, the stalker plot was handled well but it was very obvious who the villain would be to me when a certain event took place.

I loved the relationship between Benoit and Ethan, the ten-year gap was perfect, a study in contrasts between a player at the start of his career and one whose journey had ended.

It might have been a bit insta lovey, but I didn’t care as I was utterly committed to them as a pair!

Sexy, funny, good supporting cast and a glimpse into the happy ever after future for them just worked.

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Keeping Cade packs the emotional and thrilling punches

Keeping Cade Cover
Keeping Cade
by S.E. Jakes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, that was absolutely brilliant. S.E. Jakes is on top form with this amazing suspense romance that just flowed perfectly.

There were none of the formatting/editing issues that had frustrated me so much in Bound to Break, just great storytelling from start to finish.

I do love me a good menage, especially if there’s a twist in the tale with a number of alpha males all fighting for the upper hand and with Vic, Tegan and Cade, that’s just what was delivered.

From the moment the book opens, to the dramatic conclusion, the pacing is perfect, the tension ramps up throughout, interspersed with some of the hottest and most emotionally connected scenes between the three men I’ve read for a while.

S.E. Jakes has a style which is heavy on the alpha males, big on the ex-military men finding love, and that’s what she gives the reader here. Vic and Tegan are still in mourning for a lost twin/best friend, the rest of the Grey’s Ops team are out on mission, life is complicated when Cade crashes into Crave, the BDSM club run by the gang.

For the next xxx-odd pages, the reader is taken on an epic journey through blackmail and into danger while the three men grow closer together.

I loved this book.

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Another fab little snippet into this lovely fantasy world

The Best-Laid Plans (Plans, #2)The Best-Laid Plans by Addison Albright

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short but super sweet follow up novella to The Contingency Plan which takes place in a mythical fantasy kingdom.

Marcelo finds he has more inner strength and self-determination than he ever though when things go wrong on the way to his husband’s new kingdom.

I hope we get more in this little series of novellas because I really like Efren and Marcelo.

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