Avon Gale smashes it once again with her ice hockey series

Coach's Challenge (Scoring Chances, #5)Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how she does it but this ice hockey series is not only consistently brilliant, it keeps producing partnerships that I fall head over heels for.

First I was surprised when Isaac and Laurent took over from Max and Misha as my favourite pair but now Troy and Shane have stormed to the top of the leaderboard with their fabulously non conformist relationship.

Oh lord, the snark as these two fell for each other was delicious, the humour was totally on point and the sex was dynamite. The way they spoke to each other was fuelled first by lust, then by passion and the declarations of love have to be some of the most original I’ve ever read.

I am a sucker for sport set narratives, I’m a sucker for partial redemption stories – in this case it’s the team rather than an individual though – and I’m a sucker for righteous outcomes to those who tried to hurt the LGBT world and this book had it all.

Now Avon, please, please, please give Xavier his true love and a HEA. Pretty please.

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Possibly the best one yet

His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem, #8)His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an adrenaline rush through some of the more horrific parts of life – the darkness which unfortunately exists to fuel sick and twisted desires.
Misha was kidnapped and forced into a life of horror when he was only 17 and has been in a living Hell for five years.

Grim is the Coffin Nails assassin, a Nomad who carries out the jobs the various chapters of the motorcycle club want doing when there’s trash needs cleaning out. He’s hard and powerful, dangerous, gay. And he hates homophobes.

Grim also has an unusual fetish, he’s an amputee devotee, he finds people with missing limbs fascinating and when he inadvertently rescues Misha during a Louisiana chapter raid on traffickers, he finds his own little broken bird.

This book is as brutal as all the others in the series but, bizarrely, it also has some of the most tender and loving moments. I’ve been waiting for Grim’s story since he was first introduced and it didn’t disappoint.

I loved this book, I loved how Misha slowly learnt to trust in Grim, that he loved him and not just his broken limbs, and how Grim realised that it was more than just his stumps that made Misha perfect for him.

But it’s not for everyone. It has some truly horrific moments, the subject matter it deals with is beyond revolting to even think about and the knowledge this world is real makes my stomach turn.

These are not hearts and flowers romances but they are love stories and these two authors are masters of their craft.

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Cute little short catching up with Jack and Loki

Loki's New Job: Coffin Nails MC California (Sex & Mayhem, #5.1)Loki’s New Job: Coffin Nails MC California by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Loki gets jealous over Jack being away on business all the time, follows him, discovers he’s not having an affair, they have some hot dressing room sex and then Loki gets a job.

Sweet little catch up with the most dysfunction couple yet 🙂

Only 3 stars simply because of length, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Woah this is all ends up messed up but still an adrenaline rush

Red Hot: Coffin Nails MC California (Sex & Mayhem #5)Red Hot: Coffin Nails MC California by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where to begin with this one. It’s a love story but it sure as Hell ain’t no romance.

This one is the most messed up so far out of all the Sex and Mayhem series I’ve read and at times its difficult to keep going with the thought of what might happen next.

But, ultimately it is about love, it’s about desperation, self awareness, stalking, screwing, brotherhood, companionship, compromise, violence, eroticism, kink and cravings.

It’s dark and brooding, it’s the book that hangs out on the street corner after dark waiting to jump someone. It’s hard as the proverbial nails.

But Red Jack and Loki are also loving, in their own twisted ways, and they just work together. Not every love story resembles a Disney fantasy and who am I to question their passion?!

I love how these two authors twist the boundaries of what constitutes a love story and in this they’ve got it right on the money again.

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Not quite as much mayhem for this pair

No Matter What: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem, #4)No Matter What: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one’s an odd one out in the series so far as it has an almost sweet note to it. I say almost because hey, this is a book about bikers and their violent ways, but Ghost and Luca are much more gentle characters.

There’s an interesting cameo from Guns ‘n Boys big nasty Frederico Villani in this one too which adds a bit of background to what’s been going on with Dom and Seth in that series.

You could still read this book if you haven’t read G&B though as the story is self contained. Tooth and Luci, now going by Lucky, are in this one a bit too but, again, not enough that you’d need to have read their story.

I didn’t like this one as much as the previous but it’s still a seriously good headrush through the world of the Coffin Nails.
Now, when do we get Grim’s story?!

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Best one yet – warm and cuddly

Wrapped Together (Portland Heat, #5)Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this one, it was just wonderfully warm and cuddly and both Hollis and Sawyer were lovingly crafted with plenty of depth.

I liked the long history between them and the family dynamics of both being twins and their twins being married to each other.

There was an underlying sense of rightness about the inevitability of their relationship which I found utterly compelling and a nice level of gentle humour which worked well.

Much more smexy times in this one too and watching Hollis opening up with his links to Sawyer was amazingly erotic. Sawyer reminded me of an eager Labrador puppy, Hollis more of a sleek Greyhound and they were dynamite together.

Super sweet epilogue in this one too.

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Took a while to warm to this one

Knit Tight (Portland Heat, #4)Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This took me a while to warm too, unlike the others in the series, but by the time of the final chapter, it had given me the same snuggly fuzzy feelings of the other Portland Heat stories.

Brady came across as very mature for his age, bowed by being the main carer for his younger siblings after their parents’ death, but not broken but I didn’t get a sense of Evren for a while.

However, the little blog snippets started to give an insight into his head and the connection between the two men started to build up with a strange combination of sexual tensions and disappointments.

Interestingly in this one the sex is confined to oral and a bit of grinding with a serious slow burn and no full on penetration, but that doesn’t make it any less effective for demonstrating how in tune these two become to the emotions and sensitivities of the other.

There is no epilogue as such but the final chapter puts the two very firmly front and centre of a very HEA.

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