Fabulous start to this new series in which our boys find love online

ContourContour by Meg Harding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book! It’s a brilliantly crafted romance between two guys who meet on social media and it holds up a lovely mirror for anyone who’s ever fallen in love over the internet.

It felt special for me because I met my OH online, not through social media admittedly, but via Dark Age of Camelot, one of the first (and still the best imho) MMORPGs.

Both Jamie (who reminded me a lot of the fabulous Manny MUA, an online brand ambassador for Maybelline amongst others. His YouTube channel is full of great make up tutorials), and Tyler felt believable.

Their text conversations both cracked me up with the humour and also provided a neat way for time to move on without having loads of exposition.

There’s a wee bit of very hot sex, but the vast majority of this narrative is just the establishment of an emotionally connected young couple who both have to overcome fears to reach their HEA.

The epilogue, like the cover, is gorgeous.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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An intriguing short with an open ending

The GateThe Gate by A.L. Lester

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5*

I’ve knocked a star off just because it’s so short and because nothing really happens in the way of a completed story.

This is more of a set up for the series as a whole as I understand it so we get an odd take about a mysterious illness which has taken the life of the MCs brother, a strange light in the barn, a potential romance with a farmhand, a shirt battle with an otherworldly creature and then it ends!

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Shifter tale with a difference from Hannah Walker

A Tale of Two Horns (Corent City Tales, #1)A Tale of Two Horns by Hannah Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this shifter tale with a difference. It had a lightness to it even though there was an element of threat which manifested itself towards the end of the story.

Charlie and Knox made a great pairing, the contrast between the power of a Siberian Tiger and the delicate unicorn with its sense of joy brought a cool dynamic.

There wasn’t a huge amount of story outside of the romance, but there was some good world building and I loved the atmosphere of the little square where Charlie’s bookshop was located.

I believe this is the first of a new series so I’m looking forward to finding out more about the setting and the threat from the feral shifters which caused the tensions later in the narrative.

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Good solid start to this new paranormal series

Circle of Darkness (Genesis Circle, #1)Circle of Darkness by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

This was a surprise of the pleasant kind. When it started, I wasn’t quite sure where it was going to go as D’Angelo was a bit of an arse and Angel seemed way too meek to tame him.

Also the paranormal element of the story took a while to get going but, when it did, I actually really enjoyed the authors’ take on their supernatural world.

I’m a big fan of both of these two writing separately and I quite enjoyed their previous collaboration so I did have high hopes for this which were mostly met.

Surprisingly for this pair, while there’s a lot of sexy talk and chat about what they’re going to be getting up to, there is only one full on sex scene. While I appreciated the paranormal element was a driving force, I think I would have liked a tiny bit more of their relationship too.
Not sure what I think about the soul mates thing, and I think the ending also was a bit out of left field with the sudden appearance of a new player on the scene.

Still, I liked the setting, there was some good world building without too much exposition, the secondary characters helped to flesh things out and I like the subtle hints of where book two is likely to be going.

Fabulous cover and a pleasant change from hot half naked men, not that I don’t like those either 😉 but it’s a gorgeous illustration of a major element of the narrative.

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Release Blitz: Nora Phoenix’s No Filter

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No Shame Series Book 1

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October 26, 2017

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Indy will do anything to prevent his mobster ex from finding him. Their last encounter left Indy recovering for months in the hospital, and ever since he’s become an expert at hiding in plain sight. Determined to stay under the radar, he takes on a new identity and moves from place to place. His life has no room for friendships, let alone love, so he keeps his heart firmly closed. After all, he has nothing to offer but a damaged body and a broken soul. Plus, he’s so done with men. Until he meets the man who breaks through all his defenses.

Former Army Medic Noah came back damaged from his last tour—in more than one way. Between supporting his best friend who’s struggling with PTSD, dealing with his own issues, and the stress of his job as a physician assistant, rebuilding his life seems impossible. There’s little time for what Noah needs, let alone for what he wants. When he meets Indy, Noah discovers what he wants more than anything: for Indy to stay.

Indy never expected the strong, confident Noah to be as damaged and broken as himself. But what will happen if he starts letting Noah in? Indy knows he should run to protect himself and Noah.

Noah needs Indy to stay more than anything. But will what little he has to offer be enough to make Indy trust him and stay?

No Filter is a steamy M/M romance that ends with a HFN, but with the promise of a HEA. It’s the first book in the No Shame Series, and is not a stand-alone novel. It contains hot sex, a hint of a ménage, lots of talk about hot sex, flashbacks of said hot sex, and…Oh well, you get the idea. Also: trigger warning for mentions of sexual abuse.

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Dressed in a T-shirt and flannel PJ bottoms, Indy made his way downstairs. Autumn had started, setting the trees in the yard on fire in an explosion of red, orange, and yellow, and bringing cold nights, but downstairs it was comfortably warm. Noah was reading the paper in his usual spot, but Josh was nowhere to be seen.

“Morning,” Indy said, always a bit shy at first when it was only him and Noah.

“Hey. How are you feeling?” Noah never failed to ask Indy this, and it wasn’t a polite question.

“Good. Haven’t my felt my ribs in two days, so I’m officially pain free.”

Indy grabbed a bowl from the cabinet.

“Perfect. We’ll cut off your cast today. I didn’t think you’d want to do an official hospital visit for that, right?”

Indy shook his head, carefully cutting a banana on a cutting board with one hand and putting it in the bowl. He took yogurt from the fridge. “Not if I can avoid it.”

“Well, you’re lucky you have a highly skilled medical professional at your disposal, who’s willing to do a house visit.”

Indy grinned as he sprinkled crunchy granola on top of his yogurt. “Don’t know about the highly skilled part, but at least he’s free.”

“That hurt.” A smile tugged at the corners of Noah’s mouth. “My price just went up.”

“Double times nothing is still nothing, you do realize that?” Indy took a bite of his breakfast. He loved these verbal matches with Noah almost as much as not having to worry about what to eat for breakfast every day.

“Who says it was free to begin with? I only offered my skilled services, never said they were free.”

“So what’s your price?” Indy asked, expecting Noah to launch another joke.

“I want you for the entire day,” Noah said.

Indy frowned, quickly chewing to empty his mouth. “What do you mean?”

Noah reached out and circled Indy’s good wrist with his right hand, gently pulled until Indy was standing between his legs. “It’s my day off, and Josh has some special therapy session, so he’s gone all day. I want to spend the entire day with you, and you have to do exactly what I tell you.”

 

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Nora writes M/M romance, because hello, sexy boys, and likes her men flawed, strong, and a tad broken. She appreciates a little kink, but insists on a happy ever after.

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Loved this intro to a new series from Alison Hendricks

Final Stretch (Glen Springs, #1)Final Stretch by Alison Hendricks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Low angst, moderate steam, ranch setting, hot NFL player, ex jockey, what more could you ask for?!

For me, not much as I just like Alison Hendricks’ style of writing. This one centres around Travis, mired in a scandal and with a broken heart after the guy he was going to propose to leaks a sex tape.

I loved Travis, he was strong in character but with a vulnerability which came from never knowing anything but football. His relationship with his older brother was strained but you could sense within him the desire to make changes.

Shane also was flawed and his experiences had changed him in a different way, he was cautious and held back a bit but he held such passion inside.

Together they were just beautifully sweet and I’m looking forward to more in this setting.

Oh and the big gesture Shane makes – awesome.

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I totally fell in love with this pair

First Season (Harrisburg Railers, #2)First Season by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Adler and his lack of filter and ability to blurt out the first thing that comes into his head totally stole the show in this second offering from RJ Scott and VL Locey.

He truly was a wonderful character and perfectly suited to be the one who managed to break through Layton’s much needed walls. Layton himself, oh how I wanted to hug him, polished and professional on the outside but still suffering from a truly horrific incident in his past.

Together they created a sweet and tender romance which was firmly rooted in emotions as much as it was in getting off. They never progress past frotting and mutual blow jobs and I have to say, I’m glad. Given Layton’s past, it would have been a serious case of magic dick and something wholly out of keeping with the narrative.

I do believe they’d eventually get there though, Adler has an innate ability to work through Layton’ fears, demonstrating kindness and love.

There’s a wee glimpse into Ten and Mads’ coming out from the other side and plot bunnies firmly out in place for book three.

Plus we still get on page hockey talk, great in a sports book to actually read some game play, and the cover is fabulous.

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