Kink-tastic short from K C Wells

LaceLace by K.C. Wells

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

K C Wells is high on the list of writers who know how to write kink and write it well.

This is a sexy and sweet novella about a guy who suddenly finds there’s just something irresistible about his mate in lace pants.

It’s not just kink though, there’s a real relationship drawn between the two men that has nothing to do with erotic underwear.

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New York lovingly stars in Hassell’s latest romance

Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2)Sunset Park by Santino Hassell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wowzers! That’s pretty much my take on this book. I fluctuated between exasperation, exhilaration and exhaustion watching Ray and David go on their relationship journey.

I love how, in a Santino Hassell novel, the setting is another character, New York is larger than life and utterly central to everything which takes place in this romance. The Puerto Rican background for Raymond, David’s Connecticut childhood, these things are as integral to their pairing as the stupendously hot sex they have as Ray looks to explore the male side of his bisexuality.

I also love “real” and Santino is one of those authors who brings it every time. David’s fears that Ray’s bisexuality is a phase and he’ll ditch him are grounded in truths often expressed not only in literature but in “real life”. There’s angst in this one, but thankfully nowhere near the level of Ray’s brother Michael’s story and it works well with this lower level of tension.

They are flawed men, they’re not caricatures but fully fleshed out with all the frailties of humanity. Ray can’t manage to tell David how he feels, David’s scared he’s not enough and in the background are the rest of the Five Boroughs characters, intertwined and interconnected through everyone’s lives.

This is a well earned and well worked for happy ending and it’s beautiful.

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Fast paced military romance

The Only One Who KnowsThe Only One Who Knows by Cat Grant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this one with its military setting and element of danger to spice up the plot.

There wasn’t anything particularly unusual about it, just two hot alpha men finding a passionate love on the training field and being willing to fight to keep it going when all common sense said they shouldn’t.

This is book one of the series so it’ll be good to see if the solid HFN turns into a positive HEA in the next one.

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Cute romance between two radically different guys

As I Am (Rags and Riches Book 8)As I Am by E.M. Leya

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There was a hint of insta love to this one but not enough for it to feel unrealistic. I think EM did well to make Carson falling for Ky because he was so different feel like an organic development.

I liked both characters as well, they were nicely fleshed out and read well as an opposites attract romance. The low level angsty also fit in with the narrative and, while the misunderstanding was obvious, it worked within the feelings of the two men and where the story had gone.

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Amazing ending to a brilliant series

I Do, or Dye Trying (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries,#4)I Do, or Dye Trying by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The epilogue to this book is truly wonderful, and quite unexpected, rather like this series has been. When I started reading it, I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it, given the mystery element running alongside the romance.

However, I have to say that Aimee has crafted two of my very favourite book men in Josh and Gabe. I truly believe they could be out there in their small Ohio town gossiping in the salon and catching the criminals who’ve been vandalising the street signs.

This series has been a delight. I really hope we don’t leave the setting behind and we get to see Chaz and Kyle, Emory and Silver’s happy ever after too. It would be too cruel not to 🙂

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Return to form for the Marian boys

Delivering Dante (Made Marian, #6)Delivering Dante by Lucy Lennox

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this one, it had all the things I’ve come to expect from Lucy Lennox and this series – two well definitely MCs, a lot of humour, low angst and lots of hot sex.

There’s a couple of funny side plots involving the crazy Marian senior members, the President’s politician father and a possible Vegas wedding, some sex toys and an order of homophobic preachers to keep things ticking along.

Another gorgeous cover to add to the rest of the almost rainbow. I’m hoping we get Simone’s story too and round out the Marian siblings, plus perhaps a step back in time to Pete and Ginger’s courtship. I love this family and I want more of their stories please.

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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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