Another solid romance from Avery Ford

A Marriage ResolutionA Marriage Resolution by Avery Ford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Like all her books, there’s light angst, a little bit of steam and a generally sweet romance thrown together with the usual trials of life to make a good solid read.

While there’s nothing out of the ordinary in this one, it has some cute moments and the epilogue is a lot of fun. I’m not sure the side plot with Vincent really worked though, it all got cleared up a bit too easily and quickly for it to seem believable.

However, I liked that Owen decided on his own it was time to move on and that Ethan was too good to let him go.

I’m also ignoring the espionage twist, that was ridiculous and could have been left out altogether imho.

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Supernova explosion in the Cyberlove series

Mature Content (Cyberlove, #4)Mature Content by Megan Erickson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sweet Heaven above I’m speechless. Full review tomorrow when I’m at my laptop not bumbling around on my Kindle because this book deserves all the effort.

EDIT: Right, it’s now Saturday and I’m at the laptop so first off I have to start with an image. I’ve never put an image into one of my reviews yet but this book absolutely deserves one.

supernova

See that, that’s a supernova. What causes a supernova?

A supernova happens where there is a change in the core, or center, of a star. A change can occur in two different ways, with both resulting in a supernova.

The first type of supernova happens in binary star systems. Binary stars are two stars that orbit the same point. One of the stars, a carbon-oxygen white dwarf, steals matter from its companion star. Eventually, the white dwarf accumulates too much matter. Having too much matter causes the star to explode, resulting in a supernova.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens in this book. Two stars come together,they collide and they explode. Oh boy do they explode.

Beau Starr, who we met in Hard Wired, about his cousin Jessie Garvy’s romance with fellow Twitch mod Ian, (aka Cerise), is an Internet sensation. He’s wholesome, inspirational, clean cut, all above board and hiding a secret not only about what he likes to do in the bedroom but also about his life before YouTube.

But Zane Brody, he doesn’t care a bit, TrashyZane has no qualms at all about letting his YouTube audience know he likes it deep and dirty.
Zane: This power bottom has zero shame about how much I love being manhandled. How much I love having all this hair pulled. How I have zero qualms about being fucked in public with nothing to quiet me but fingers in my mouth while a dick slides in and out of my ass. About how I prefer being fucked at home where I can lose my mind at max volume while someone ties me up and edges me.

And they hate each other. This is not just frenemies, this is full on enemies to lovers handled with consummate skill.

Beau hates Zane’s hair. “His hair smelled like grapefruit. I used to eat grapefruit for breakfast with a bit of sugar sprinkled on top, but now grapefruit were dead to me. I planned to spit on the next grapefruit I saw with vigor.”

Zane thinks Beau’s a jerk“I always knew you were a phony. And now I know you’re a hypocrite and a liar too. All because you’re too busy repressing your own sexuality just to keep up a front.”

But they’re inexplicably drawn to each other and gradually the relationship shifts. This book is the hottest and dirtiest (in the absolute best possible way) of the four Cyberlove romances and it came this >< close to taking over from Fast Connection as my absolute favourite.

There’s lots of work goes into making their relationship organic, there’s some serious hurting and a public groveling which is a joy to read.

If you’ve never read this series don’t start with this one, go back and get Strong Signal and discover why there is something truly delicious about online relationships, gaming and the communities which build up around them.

Oh and the cover – yeah I’m drooling (a lot).

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Simply brilliant world building

Slow HeatSlow Heat by Leta Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so far beyond hot it goes off the supernova scale. The opening paragraph alone is enough to set off a hot flush.

But, it’s also so much more than just the sex, there is world building of such a clever degree that it’s easy to believe this could be a reality some time in our future.

In this Alpha/beta/omega world there are no more females of the Human species and an event horizon level disaster fused man’s genetics with those of the wolf. There are mPREGnancies, usually something which isn’t a favourite of mine as it normally gets fade to black-ed or happens off page without any “biological” explanation of just HOW!
Not in this book, Leta gives a rational explanation which isn’t just random theory, I could see humankind developing to make it possible.

Lots of elements of this book reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale although – unlike that book which I absolutely hated (sorry feminists and fellow women) – I absolutely loved this one.

Jason and Vale were fully realised characters, totally believable within this world of alphas, betas and omegas and they were surrounded by a cast of absolutely compelling secondary characters, religion and history.

This book made me think as much as it gave me a hot flush. This isn’t our world but it mirrors elements of it. There are moments of intense passion, intense pain, emotional connections and true friendships.

I understand some readers have been concerned about something which happens with Jason and his friend Xan but I have to say it didn’t bother me. It fit into the context of what was happening once Jason met Vale and their Erosgape (basically a biological desire to imprint which develops into a soul mate bond over time) kicked in.

It was drawing an end to Jason’s life before Vale, he was saying there would be no more “comfort fucks” for Xan because he’d met his life partner, even if they knew absolutely nothing about each other at this point.
I didn’t think it was cheating but I can see why others might consider it as it came after Jason met Vale and got the “instalove” but – for me anyway – before they’d had any time to develop a relationship at all. It was Jason’s way of closing the door on his youthful impulses and fun times with Xan.

This is a fascinating world with its omegaverse but non-shifters and I hope it’s the start of a new series because i want to know that Xan is safe and gets his HEA. Oh and the cover – smoking!

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Another superb book to add to the Protectors cannon

Redemption (The Protectors, Book 8)Redemption by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how Sloane Kennedy does it. She consistently turns out books in this series which not only pack an emotional punch but which suck you into a unique exploration of MM romance.

While there are commonalities, this is a series after all, the relationships all have a unique element and experience which means you never feel like you’re reading a rehash.

In this one the trauma and suffering is almost too much but Sloane also knows just how far to push the reader before it would go into unpleasant territory.

I felt for Levi so much. What’s sadder is that there will be people out in the “real” world who have suffered in similar ways. The way his story and romance with Phoenix plays out is believable and realistic. It takes time to build up trust and it can be shattered so easily.

I loved this pairing, they were gentle, kind and supportive of each other and I loved that they talked! No annoying miscommunication between them to cause any dramady.

The crime element is well done, tight plotting keeps the tensions high until the explosive conclusion. I absolutely adore these books. The sneak peak at Vincent’s story left me begging for more.
And yet again the book is graced with an amazing cover from Jay Aheer featuring Wander Aguiar photography.

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Quirky not quite paranormal romance

The FinderThe Finder by J.E. Lorin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a quirky mixture of a little bit not quite paranormal and a little bit of a detective thriller sandwiched around a lovely sweet and supportive romance.

While the identity of the baddie was a little bit telegraphed, it didn’t take away from the tension and I did like the sneaky little twist with one of the victims.

There was some clever world building and a nice set of secondary characters. An Epilogue would have been good just to clear up some minor loose ends as I’m not sure if this is a stand alone or not.

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Bloodshed and violence as the boys wreak revenge

Precious Jules: A Cowboy Gangster NovellaPrecious Jules: A Cowboy Gangster Novella by C.J. Bishop

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is vicious, brutal, all ends up bloody and violent in its typical brilliance.

It’s lost a star because, once again, it leaves the ending slightly open and that drives me batty beyond words. There’s loose threads left for what will undoubtedly be further books, which is great because I am addicted to them and the main plot is tied up but it still really irritates me. I’m not a fan of “serial” style books!

I’m not sure on the timescale for this one happening, it seems to be after all the weddings and there’s not much in the way of romance either but it has the Cowboy and Cochise doing what they do best so all is well!

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A kink too far for me

Curious BeginningsCurious Beginnings by M.A. Innes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While I can appreciate the ability to write about this particular kink, I can’t say I enjoyed the story at all as I didn’t feel or buy into the fairly instantaneous connection between Mark and Sebastian.

Also the whole age play infant thing, definitely not a kink that does anything for me although I do love a good daddy/boy romance.

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