Short, spicy and sweet romance with a kink

Father of the GroomFather of the Groom by Silvia Violet

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

There’s a lot of really good kink in this book. It’s short but spicy and sweet and I mostly enjoyed it.

However, there’s a couple of tiny niggles, the first being that, at times, it felt like this was an offshoot of another book, which I don’t believe it is.

But the way things were phrased I felt like I was supposed to “know” more about this setting and these characters than I did.

The second is that the dramady which sets up the moment of conflict was – for me – just a completely ridiculous thing to get into a snot about and was resolved so quickly I just didn’t have time to feel the angst!

It’s insta love, but it actually works brilliantly within the narrative and the BDSM light spanking and the Daddy/boy elements of this book are superbly done and very sexy.

I liked Avery and Graham and I’d love to read more about them as they explore their relationship.

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Riley Hart delivers another truly beautiful interracial romance

Something About YouSomething About You by Riley Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is just a truly beautiful interracial romance. There’s little in the way of angst, it’s gentle and perfect for a read when you just want to see love happening between two people who weren’t expecting it.

It’s not ordinary though, Riley’s storytelling is too good for it to ever be that. There’s a secret love element, there’s an absolutely fabulous secret kink element that in not going to spoil but which is incredibly sexy and quite a turn on.

There’s an accepting family and a best friend who gives the best advice and there’s two men who are wonderful together when, on the face of it, they have nothing which should draw them together.

It’s not quite a frenemies to lovers romance but there is an element of that as Lucky and Saint get off on the wrong foot at the start. But both men slowly reach out and the friendship turns into something deep and lasting.

I loved pretty much everything about this book. There’s a couple of awesome Easter Egg appearances from some of Riley’s other book couples and I loved that. I might have squealed just a but when I realised who was in the diner and who the group of LA friends were 🙂

This is a book to be enjoyed as it really is just a gorgeous example of two people falling in love.

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Mac and Gunny own my heart completely

Beyond Duty (Beyond Duty, #1)Beyond Duty by S.J.D. Peterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay so I had actually read the full version of this before so my review stands.

Absolutely one of my favourite military and BDSM combined romances ever.

Mac and Gunny are delicious together and this book is incredibly sensual and sexy as they work towards being able to be out and free together after more than two decades hiding their love while serving in the Marines.

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Mauled (Guards of Folsom Book 7)Mauled by S.J.D. Peterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gunny and Mac are back

Sailing off into the happy ever after of retirement after two decades of military life, this book gives a peek into Gunny and Mac’s trip to the Guards of Folsom club.

Hot, sensual, emotional, this pair are just gorgeous together and I love them and their dynamic.

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Darker tone to the latest Cayuga Cougars romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The narrative of this one is much darker than the others in the series but it still fits perfectly with the other Cayuga Cougars stories.

Sander has always been there on the periphery, Dan’s college boyfriend and mini ass in training, but here we find out there’s much more to the brash young player than that.

I loved the whole set up of this one. A chance meeting with a semi pro baseball player with an artist boyfriend and an instant connection between three very different young men.

Mateo was a tower of strength but it was Noah, the somewhat fae manga creator, who anchored the trio together. Both Sander and Mat naturally gravitated around him and he was quietly instigating the direction the relationship went.

There’s loads of great conversation between the three as they realise how each feels and while they work out the dynamics and OMG, this might just be the hottest smexy times that VL has written. They burn up the sheets in their various encounters.

This plot also deals well with its more sensitive aspects, the trigger warnings should be noted as both Sander and Noah have really traumatic experiences which cause anxiety.

I take my hat off to the author for how these were written and handled in this book, powerfully done and with extreme sensitivity.

I’m not going to go into much more as this book needs to be read blind, there were a few moments which truly made me gasp, and I don’t want to spoil people’s experience of those.

All in all another brilliant addition to the roster and yeah, Victor is still an ass 😉

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Daniel overcomes all and completely won my heart

LegacyDaniel400Daniel by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full review when I’m at the laptop tomorrow.

Right, so this book. Lordy, it’s a hard one for the heart to take because of the subject matter – sensitively handled by RJ as has the whole series, but Daniel, oh Daniel is a special case.

His was perhaps the harshest of all the betrayals when he was taken to the Five Bar Ranch but he’s fought back to get some semblance of a life.

For the most part, he’s managing as well, but things come crashing around him when he’s thrown back into his traumatic past after a young man contacts him seeking answers about the uncle who’s just died in a plane crash alongside the man’s parents.

This was a clever narrative, both men are hurting, Daniel is doing his absolute best to get control of his life but Corey’s life has just spiralled out through no doing of his own and the contrast in the pair is well done.

It’s not an easy read because it covers a truly sensitive topic (view spoiler) and, if you’ve not read Texas Fall then you will be missing some background. It’s not enough to make this book unreadable though, it can work as a standalone because all the information is there.

I’m not going to go into much more detail, but Daniel and Corey’s slow relationship development, friendship, and then more, plays out perfectly. Nothing is rushed, there are conversations and honest feelings, nothing is left unspoken and, while angsty, this is not miscommunication or drama for plot’s sake.

It’s healing and learning how to move on, again there’s no magic dick here. Daniel will never be “cured” but he can live with his new future alongside Corey.

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Garrett Leigh scores another hit with a book firmly placed in reality

Believe (Skins #3)Believe by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, you all know how highly I rate Garrett Leigh as an author so it won’t be the slightest surprise to anyone that this was another 5* book for me.

But, having said that, this one is a bit different in that Garrett firmly places part of the narrative into a specific time and place – the 2017 London Bridge Terrorist Attack – and it works to stunning effect in this story about two people who are quite different on the surface but at heart both want someone to care for.

Rhys we already know, he’s the “third” in Dream who plays a major role in that scene at Lovato’s with Angelo and Dylan. He’s Harry’s brother (from Whisper) and Garrett also sneaks in further cameos and connections to her extended universe as Jevon is Efe’s cousin (she’s the amazing baker that Tom hires in the Urban Souls series).

I love how this book weaves its way around really sensitive issues – displaced peoples’ camps, the situation in Syria, the terrorist attack – but it never feels gratuitous.

These form key areas in the lives of both. Rhys is an air ambulance paramedic. Javon has a totally cool job I’ve never come across before – as a play coordinator with a non-profit organisation working with kids in hospitals and the camps.

They meet in a bar and there’s both an instant attraction and a sense of wariness as if both instantly recognise that the other man has the potential to bring great joy, but also to inflict untold hurt if things went wrong.

Neither can resist though and I loved how Garrett worked the narrative to show Rhys slowly changing from an introverted man who struggled with the emotional intimacy of being with someone he had feelings for, to someone willing to put it all on the line for the guy he was in love with.

Jevon though, oh he’s just such a wonderful man. Loving, caring, inexperienced and newly realising he’s bisexual and lacking in confidence that he can keep a man happy. He was a joy to read.

Together they come to realise that sometimes you have to open yourself up to the possibility of hurt to reap the full rewards of a love which can heal them all.

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As I always say with this author, all fangirling is totally my own work and unashamedly so.

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Brilliant intro to this new shifter series from Annabelle Jacobs

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Butterfly Assassin
by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Argh, you know that feeling when one of your favourite authors writes a new paranormal shifter story set in the same world as one of your favourite series?

You’re excited to read it, you’re looking forward to discovering new characters to fall in love with, new packs to discover. And then it’s over, you’ve read it and it was awesome but now you’ve got to wait ages for the next one.

That’s me that is. That’s how I feel right now because this first introduction to a new pack has more background into the shifter world and how it interacts with the human one, a new criminal investigation division geared at working between shifters and the Alpha Council, and a cracking good storyline with a twist I didn’t see coming.

I loved Aaron and Michael, although I do feel for the shifter as he won’t have the full mates bond with Michael being a human. Still, the emotional connection definitely wasn’t just one way and Michael’s feelings for Aaron were also strong and he knew it was special.

There’s lots going on in this book and it’s all brilliantly executed, the pacing is perfect and the new characters are all just as compelling as the Regent’s Park Pack series was.

I’m hoping this is a new series and we get Harry’s story next as there’s a certain Regent’s shifter by the name of Will who pops up once or twice in this one and I’m all over finally getting his romance 😉

Hurry up please Annabelle (although I know this one is only just out!)

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