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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Unmissable ending to this unbelievably good series

Devour
Devour by Jocelynn Drake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know that feeling you’d get, deep down in your tummy, when you woke up on Christmas Day (insert other appropriate religious festivals) and you weren’t sure what was going to be waiting for you? That feeling was me the second this book dropped on my Kindle at midnight on release day.

It’s a strange mixture of excitement, trepidation, expectation, fear, the potential for great joy or great sadness (depending on what you unwrapped). Well, let’s just say reading Devour was like unwrapping a Girl’s World on the morning of my seventh birthday.

Ian’s story has been a long time in the making. We’ve had snippets as we’ve watched Lucas fall in love with Andrei in Shatter, as Snow and Jude found each other in Shiver and as Noah gave Rowe a second chance at life in the pages of Torch. And there, in the background of each, has been Hollis Banner, cop and lover of all things chocolate.

I’m not going to use spoilers, this book works best if you don’t know what’s going to happen. But be absolutely assured, you will gasp, you will probably tear up even if you don’t full on ugly cry, you’ll definitely smile a lot, you’ll laugh out loud and, finally, you’ll sigh. A bone deep sign of contentment that all is right in the world and the Unbreakable Bonds these four men share have expanded to encompass another four equally important to all, plus a myriad of parents, cats, dogs and hangers on.

That the story ends at Christmas is perhaps fitting, not only cos it gave me my introduction paragraph for this review, but also because it’s a time for being with those with love and I do so very much love the men in these four books.

There’s a sadness that this particular series is over, but also a deep joy in knowing the world itself will continue with the Ward Security series that Rinda Elliott and Jocelynn Drake have announced is coming next (#Geoven4eva) and that we won’t be leaving them behind completely.
There’s also the final two books of short stories for Rowe and Noah, Ian and Hollis, to come out later this year too, so it’s not quite goodbye.

And, as expected with the immense talent of these two authors, they managed to pull off a stunningly unique ultimate fate for the protagonist of this series – never in a million years would that have been on my radar ladies so bravo 🙂

Thank you both for Lucas, for Snow, for Rowe and for Ian, and for the men they love. It’s been a thrill of a ride.

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Five brutal heart breaking stars

A Walk Through Fire (Through Hell and Back Book 1)A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh Felice Stevens you know how to wrench every but of emotion from someone. This book is brutal and heart breaking but it’s also uplifting and heart warming.

It’s about pain and loss, joy and hope, second chances at life and new beginnings. It’s about finding family and learning how to let yourself be loved.

Asher and Drew are a magnificent pairing, birth men bowing under the weight of their past, both men capable of bearing the weight of the other’s fears.

That I could get teary about what happens to one of the secondary characters is testimony to the world building skills of the author.

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Awesome biker romance

The Devil's Ride: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem, #2)The Devil’s Ride: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one’s nowhere near as harsh as the first in this series but it’s still incredibly violent and full of unpleasantness.

However, it’s definitely more loving as Lucifer finds a new home with the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club run by his dad, and finds a new love in Tooth, a guy whose heart was destroyed 12 years earlier.

There’s a great bunch of secondary characters and a decent sub plot about organ harvesting to keep up the tensions and some red hot sex scenes.
Altogether another awesome ride from the Merikans.

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Alligators and human trafficking, oh my!

Guns n' Boys: Swamp Blood (Guns n' Boys, #4)Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The boys are still hiding out from the Mafia when they end up rescuing a teenager from a dodgy situation.
This leads to a run in with the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club (think Sons of Anarchy) and a whole new host of issues to deal with.

Dom and Seth are as sexy and dangerous as ever, Dana is still trying to manipulate the situation and new guy Mark has nowhere else to go.

There’s the usual amount of drama in this one but the sexy times are much more meaningful as Seth tries to pull himself back together after Vincenzo’s torture and Dom tries to deal with almost losing Seth.

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Worth every one of those five stars

Guns n' Boys: Box Set - Books 1-3 + Guns n' Boys: Paris + FREE Guns n’ Boys: Box Set – Books 1-3 + Guns n’ Boys: Paris + FREE “Blood&Marriage by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a ride, my God this box set is an explosive mix of murderous Mafiosi and gorgeously dangerous guys. With all sorts of taboos, death, mayhem and illegal dealings, the three novels and two short stories in this collection bring to life Seth and his reluctant bodyguard Domenico almost in beautiful 3D.

Their relationship jumps off the page, brutal and passionate, tortured and calm, forgiving and reckless, emotional and ice-cold, these two Italian men scorch their way through one drama and crisis to another, bringing along a whole host of interesting side kicks and characters.

It’s not all dark though, there are plenty of humorous moments, plenty of heart warming still and quiet moments, plenty of heart breaking moments.

The two short stories brilliantly flesh out the first three novels and while I don’t usually like M/F appearing in the middle of an M/M series, in this case Lucrezia and Santo’s romance worked perfectly as insight into what was happening on the other side of Seth and Dom’s daring escape.

Sex is all ends up epic but the true joy is in the crafting of two wondrous men who are both vicious at times, both a little bit broken, both a little bit trapped into their Family roles but who, together, find the strength to try and break free.

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Festive thoughts on loss and hope

Today is my mum’s birthday, she would have been 69, just one year younger than her mum is celebrating in this photo.

My mum didn’t make it, she died in April 2014 just three weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer at the age of 66. Too young.

Her brother Steven, at the centre back of this photo, died earlier this year. Where once there were six, only four remain.

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My mum (second from the left) and her brothers and sisters with their mum on her 70th

“Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.”

–William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing