Epic time travelling Motorcycle Club devilish romance

Laurent and the Beast (Kings of Hell MC, #1)Laurent and the Beast by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Full review to come when I’m at my desk.

Right, I’m at my desk now so I can properly give this review the attention it deserves. You know what I love most about reading? It’s that sometimes you find a book with a subject that you didn’t even know, until you read it, that you’d needed to have in your life.

This book is one of those. Ask me if I wanted to read about a time travelling book clerk hooking up with a scarred and tattooed motorcycle club bad boy to fight against a devilish (yes the actual Devil) plot and I’d have been “what the hell are you smoking mate?”

So it should come as a surprise to discover that not only did I want to read this book, I needed to read this book, to the extent that it kept me up until 3am this morning because I had to finish it and I physically could not force myself to put it down.

I’m not going to spoil it for anyone going into the book blind, nor am I going to rehash the plot, all I’m going to say is that people should read this book for one reason, and one reason alone – because it’s a thrill of a ride.

This book pushes the boundaries of what’s expected in an MM romance novel, adding in the spice of an air of mystery and magic, building up the sexual tension (the first full sex scene doesn’t happen until almost the 80% mark and then it’s virgin sex so even more hot and erotic!).

Wonderfully contrasting the two disparate settings of a character from 1805 and one from 2017 without ever making it feel like a fantasy novel, the story weaves its way into a complex and detailed relationship between two uniquely identified MCs. Both Laurent and Beast are fully fleshed out, their fears and hopes fit their characters and their relationship grows at a realistic and believable pace.

There are a few odd grammatical tenses which occur at times – the use of has instead of had threw me a couple of times but not enough to spoil my enjoyment of the read. Kat and Agnes have again exercised their incredible imaginations and brought to life a world which is our own but with just a hint of “Through the Looking Glass” about it to add the element of “what if this were real?”

#ARC provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Loved this military Japanese set romance

Conduct UnbecomingConduct Unbecoming by L.A. Witt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can I say, I’m a sucker for military romances and this one set on Okinawa was a real delight.

Both Shane and Eric were well drawn characters with unique personalities and the first person narrative worked well for seeing into their heads as they moved from the initial lust into love.

Okinawa as a setting absolutely shone too, I felt like I was travelling around with the two men as they explored and LA added enough explanation about the military rates and ranks for me to understand why their relationship was a risk without it feeling like an info dump.

Hot men, beautiful location, amazing sex, happy ending epilogue, what more is needed 🙂

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I’m stumped by what I want to say about this book

Any Given Sunday (A Southern Scrimmage Companion Book 6)Any Given Sunday by Mercy Celeste

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
3.75* conflicted stars

So, this book is the scorching hot sexual adventure all of the Southern Scrimmage series of stories have been but I’m confused over just what I think of it.

The timescales in this one fluctuate between Bo and Dylan’s childhood, through the six years Dylan was in the Marines and Bo was playing ball and the time period after Bo thought Dylan was dead up until his rescue.

So it’s mostly both men with other people, which didn’t bother me as much as it may other readers, but it’s just a bit too much of everything other than Bo and Dylan for it to be truly enjoyable.

Book one gave Bo and Dylan an epic romance and then subsequent books seem to have shafted that with cheating or if not that, some very definitely dubious morals encounters.

I felt I understood Levi a bit more after reading the last book but this one’s just confused all that again as well. He goes back to giving off the mixed vibes of being a selfish git and a complete slapper instead of the far more nuanced and complex person his “autobiography” gave us.

Understandable as this is set at the same time as the events in the two earlier books so it’s unfortunate it’s been published later! On a reread I’d definitely add this one in before book one I think.

This whole book just threw things into a pot, stirred them, but then never cooked them up into a cohesive unit, certainly not one that tied in with events in all the other books.

Don’t get me wrong though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it’s smoking hot, has the same great world building as the rest and it gives more background to events happening in the first two books.

I just seriously hope we get Blindsided and the final book released soon as there’s plot lines and narrative threads still left hanging all over the place at the moment.

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Lots of feels with this new series

Back Piece (Skin Deep Inc., #1)Back Piece by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book gave me many feels, some of them very good, a couple not as good, but overall it weighed out on the side of being a great read.

I loved both Colin and Daniel, I liked how each of their special hang ups were dealt with and I absolutely loved that there was no magic dick cure just because they fell in love.

I also liked that Daniel’s family weren’t portrayed as one dimensional homophobic religious bigots but as complete and complex people and how Daniel could love them at the same time as hate them for their views.
Throughout their visit I could feel the weight of the pressure on my shoulders, something LA Witt is excellent at writing.

Something else she’s great at writing are sex scenes, and the steam level is high in this one with some stupendous virgin sex.

The angst levels were moderate. I’d guessed what Colin’s background was going to be before it was revealed and, while it was a big part of his mental illness, it was never treated lightly but was explained and explored in the context of his continual eating issues.

World building was great and, as this is book one in a new series, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s coming next.
Oh, and that cover, yeah that could have stars all on its own, so hot.

#ARC kindly provided by the publishers through NetGalley in return for an unbiased and honest review.

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More military brilliance in the Out of Uniform series

At Attention (Out of Uniform, #2)At Attention by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m so glad Apollo got his head out of his backside because, for a lot of this book he was infuriating. At the same time though, I absolutely understood his fears and why he was behaving as he was.

I loved how his late husband Neal was there as a presence throughout the story but never took over the narrative. We learned enough to understand Apollo’s awful loss but he didn’t become some unreachable saint.

Dylan put up with a lot. He was steadfast and true and I absolutely believed he would wait for Apollo to come to his senses until the end of his days but, again, he never came across as a martyr. He knew he loved Apollo and he had faith that love was returned.

The epilogue was all ends up awesome. The steam levels were high when they occurred but not too many to take over the story and I loved that Apollo, in spite of his military background, had no hang ups over his sexuality.

The twins were well integrated into the story, cute without being twee or taking over. The world building is excellent as I’d expect from Annabeth, and I can’t wait to get Ben and Maddox’s story next.

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Another good paranormal romance from Cameron

Omega StudiesOmega Studies by Casey Cameron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like the paranormal world that Casey Cameron has created for her alpha/beta/omega romances. There’s no shifters here but a lot of the dynamics work in a similar fashion.

This is a romance but it has a nice side order of college politics running alongside it. I did think there were a few plot elements which didn’t get properly resolved like Andy’s fate for one, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

I found Matt a little too abrasive at first but he slowly grew on me. Derek I liked from the off as he seemed determined to try and not fulfil stereotypes and was willing to listen.
I liked the secondarily characters too and I liked that all the alphas weren’t jerks.

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Another thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Protectors stable

Revelation (The Protectors, #7)Revelation by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how Sloane Kennedy manages to keep up the enjoyment factor in all her Protectors series but she does.

The basic premise follows a pattern, one of Ronan’s men is given a job to either keep someone safe, or to take them out, but how that journey takes place is always a headrush of hot alpha men finding their true love (or loves on occasion!) in a place where they didn’t expect it.

On route there will be denial, some conflict, either internal through fears or doubt, or from a deadly enemy, Anand there will be bags and bags of sexual tension.

But, while the basic premise may be the same, each story has its own unique spark which makes it fresh and the final payoff is always earned and a just reward for the drama and angst that’s gone before it.

This one had an interesting pair of main characters, both with similar trust issues but those issues coming from quite different places. Ethan found his strength in Cain’s unwavering support, Cain found compassion and love in Ethan’s gentle touch.

And, as is often the case, we get a glimpse of potential new characters whose stories are to come and I cannot wait to read Vincent St James’ and, I believe from hints, pairing with Nathan.

Another great read which does exactly what I want it to do – entertain me 🙂 and a gorgeous cover to drool over.

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