Fell a bit flat for me unfortunately

Manic Pixie Dream Boy (The Underdogs, #1)Manic Pixie Dream Boy by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

So this had one of the most brilliantly mixed opening chapters of any book I’ve read as it throws the reader into the humorous and sexy initial meeting of the two MCs.

It also manages to bring the Merikans’ own unique blend of crazy to the fake boyfriend and rock star romance tropes with a bit quite insta love connection between the somewhat over confident Dusk and the truly individual drifter he nicknames Lolly.

But, I don’t know exactly what it was but I didn’t fall totally in love with this couple or with this book like I usually do with this author duo. I think perhaps the angst was a bit ‘teen’ dramady and the characters all felt young – although I don’t remember it ever been said how old either Dusk or Lolly were.

There was still a lot to like though, this is the first in a new series about the band members as I understand it and I looking forward to finding out more.

I did like the resolution of the conflict though, there was an understanding and an acceptance that mistakes had been made and more honest conversation was needed but I did believe both Dusk and Abe (Lolly’s real name) did love each other completely.

And, as is always the case with books from these two, the cover is gorgeous and the sex is scorching.

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

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Gorgeous second chance romance

Still Your GuyStill Your Guy by Devon McCormack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes you meet ‘the one’ when you’re young and you don’t know any different and you think the world will always be laid out in front of you.

Then life conspires and sometimes it twists along the way and you lose ‘the one’ and you’re not sure your heart will ever recover. And then, if you’re one of those gifted by fate, sometimes ‘the one’ comes back and you get another chance.

This book has an occasional splutter, when perhaps the language doesn’t match up to the emotions being expressed, but otherwise it’s a gorgeous journey with two men who lost their hearts as boys growing up together.

There’s a great set of secondary characters and the world building creates a location which is as strong a character as the people.

As this is a Devon McCormack story, there’s plenty of smexy times, but it’s also emotionally connected as well as smoking hot, there is a deep aching love between Mason and Chase which seeps from the pages and wraps itself around the reader.

Stunning Jay Aheer cover too.

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New series starter is smoking hot

Depth of Field (Last Chance Book 1)Depth of Field by Riley Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gawd this book is hot and sensual and steamy and erotic and all the other words you associate with a brilliantly crafted sexual romance.

It’s also full of emotions and actual conversations and relatively low angst and a minor hiccup of misunderstanding which, for me anyway, didn’t work quite so well as the stumbling block to eternal happiness.

However, the resolution of said stumbling block was executed perfectly and without a load of unnecessary drama and I loved how Shane owned up to his fears and his deliberately destructive reaction.

There’s ancient hurts being healed, there’s an old time enemies to lovers and there’s some of the most beautifully written expressions of love I’ve read in a while.

This book, while it’s hot enough to melt the polar ice caps, also has so much romantic love running alongside it, that it makes reading it an absolute joy.

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Fabulous conclusion to Tad and Scott’s epic romance

Up-Ending Tad, Bundle 2 (Up-Ending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery, #4-6)Up-Ending Tad, Bundle 2 by Kora Knight

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching Tad find himself through his relationship with Scott and these final three novellas also give the reader a tiny peek inside Scott’s head which is fantastic.

The journey is still beyond sensual but there is so much emotion you feel it pouring off the pages as they connect over and over again.

This may be an erotic story but it’s absolutely a love story too.

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Christina Lee’s Regret – powerful tale of second chances releases today

Today also sees the release of Christina Lee’s superb second chances romance Regret. Once again I’m joining in with the Release Day Blitz to help promote this fabulous book and giving readers a sneak peek inside the pages.

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COVER DESIGN: KANAXA

EXCERPT

“Tally pawed at the pillow for a few seconds before finally sinking down, apparently resigned to her position. I straightened to back out of the room, only then allowing my gaze to slide over Brin’s sleeping form. My pulse spiked when I noticed his eyes on me.

“Not sure Tally will want to sleep without you,” he rasped out. The words were like a thunderbolt to my chest. As if he was referring to more than the dog finding her way to my bed.

“Not sure I’ll want to sleep without her,” I replied in a hoarse voice, attempting to get my emotions under control.

Without you. Because you’ve taken up residence inside my heart once again. But maybe you’ve always been there, winding inside my rib cage, coiling around my lungs. Making it impossible to breathe, to think, to stop wanting.

As I turned to leave, his warm fingers curled around my wrist, searing into my skin. My breath caught in my throat. It was the first time he made the first move and my heart bloomed into an impossibly large bouquet of hope and aching desire inside my chest.

Our gazes snagged and held as his other hand slowly reached for the edge of the blanket and pulled it aside.”

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My review of Regret can be found HERE.

AUTHOR BIO

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.

She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.

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I am in love with a book character

Fast Connection (Cyberlove, #2)Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Argh I just can’t with this book! I thought I loved Garrett and Kai but they have nothing on my adoration of Dominic and Luke.

From being the guy giving Garrett a hard time on base to being a sweetheart in this one, Dominic’s stolen my heart.

As someone who not only met my now ex husband online in a text MUD back in the 90s but also my partner and father of my 8 year old son, I know true love can be found online, and I’m 11 years down the line in our relationship to prove it.

I love the MMO gaming at the heart of the first story which bleeds over into this one as that’s where me and the OH met, beta testing Dark Age of Camelot.

This book is just all ends up brilliant, from the sex to the conflict to the secondary characters and through to the HEA.
Oh and the covers on these books! Big shout out there, they’re stunning.

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