A Tease indeed as Ella Frank kicks off part two of Logan & Tate

Tease (Temptation Series Book 4)Tease by Ella Frank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Ella Frank released Logan and Tate to the world back in Try she created two of MMs most instantly recognisable characters. The hot alpha lawyer and his equally passionate bar tender sprang to life in three wonderful novels and hit their HEA following some trials and tribulations.

Now, almost four years later, they’re back and we get to see what’s been happening since they rode off into the proverbial sunset not only with our key pairing but with the characters who surround them.

Let’s be honest here, not much happens in this book, it’s a catch up, a chance to reconnect with these brilliantly beautiful men. It’s an invitation to once again live through some of the hottest, most passionate, downright dirty and emotional sex put down on paper (or e-reading device) for the reader’s enjoyment.

Roll on book two as Logan stops being afraid that loving just one man will result in him becoming boring and normal and instead realises it might just be the most exciting thing he’s ever done.

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Conflicted with this one

Temptation's InfernoTemptation’s Inferno by Kat Mizera

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The cover for this book pulled me in and once I started reading it, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to actually like it.

In the end I’ve come in neutral, it was a drama lama ride through a serious amount of angsty stuff but there was also a good romance at the core of it.

I haven’t read anything by this author before, including book one in this series, but it didn’t really affect my understanding. Who was who and what had happened to them was explained without it being too much exposition.

I could have done without the M/F stuff but it was clearly presented that there would be some. It didn’t, imho, distract from the main relationship between Jamie and Viggo.
I’m not sure I’ll read any more though.

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Angsty start to this New York set series

Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs, #1)Sutphin Boulevard by Santino Hassell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gosh the angsty in this book! However, I absolutely loved it. I got Michael, I could see and empathise with his fall from grace.

Santino has an incredible talent with words to bring a setting to life. I could see the school corridors and the classrooms, hear the kids running through them, appreciate the New York life even though I’ve never been there.

His sex scenes were epic, the threesome felt organic and central to the narrative, not just chucked in for plot’s sake. Their slow burn and the realisation that their 20 year friendship could be so much more was delicious to read, even while Michael’s alcohol abuse and general withdrawal from Nunzio was painful to see.

This was raw and real, gritty and emotional, a portrayal of the expectations of two living, breathing people, not just characters in a story. I loved the secondary characters as well, they helped build up the whole world setting and fleshed it out fully.

I also loved that Michael went for therapy, no magic dick cure, and that he was sceptical about its effectiveness but willing to try because he knew he’d hit rock bottom and couldn’t do it alone. I loved all the scenes at the therapy centre.

I can see why those wanting a romance felt cheated, as it didn’t really kick in until the final 10% of the book, but I don’t always want to read a hearts & flowers tale, I want something that’s a little bit gritty, a little bit dirty.

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Olive Juice – I love you, you broken and beautiful book

Olive JuiceOlive Juice by T.J. Klune

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew. I knew what it would be and, even knowing, (okay correctly guessing), didn’t stop the impact of this book one little bit.

I’m not going to spoiler in my review, I’m not going to try and summarise without revealing anything. I’m just going to say read this book. Do not try and find out what happens, you will kick yourself if you do. This book needs to be read blind.

This is a book about love, this is a book about pain, this is a book about expectations, second chances, fears, regrets, past lives lived. But, most of all, this is a book about hope.

At the end, when Pandora had opened the box and let out all the evils into the world, hope remained. This book is a powerful reminder to never let it go.

T J, I salute your incredible skill with words that you can take them and craft them into something so beautiful.

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