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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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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I am a geek – these are my (gay) people

Status Update (#gaymers, #1)Status Update by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I seriously loved this. I’m a huge gamer so anyone that plays tribute to that world has a big advantage when I’m reading their books.

But there was more than just that to this story, it’s a low angst romance and, daft as it sounds given the circumstances and timeframe of it starting, it has a real slow burn feel to it, not a case of insta love.

Both the MCs are beautifully complex and fleshed out, birth have their own insecurities and fears but both see something in the other which makes them feel more stable, more willing to risk, even if it could result in losing everything.

Noah has the biggest hurdle to climb and he stumbles along the way, Adrian, while he never gives up hope, also finally realises he needs to stop offering excuses for why he only ever has long distance relationships.

Together we get virgin sex which is so tender and emotionally fulfilling without ever venturing into an outbreak of erotic porn, just one man finally allowing himself to be free to love and the perfect partner to take him on that journey.

That’s not to say they’re not hot together either, they are, but everything is done with a freshness and a care born of emotions that it’s infinitely more than just sex.

And the ending is so perfectly sweet it matches the cute cover. Oh, and there’s dogs too, big anti social Ulysses and teeny tiny Pixel, and their friendship journey is just as cute as their humans’ one.

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