Good series start with a sweet self-awakening romance

City Boy (Hot off the Ice, #1)City Boy by A.E. Wasp

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked an awful lot of this book, the plot isn’t beyond the realms of possibility – there are plenty of men who don’t come out until later life for whatever reason – and it felt honest.

I believed that Bryce hadn’t a clue why he wasn’t able to make his marriage work even though he’d loved his wife (they’re over by some years when this story starts) and that his weird feelings about other blokes he’d put down to either admiration of their skills or their personalities, rather than they’d been the crushes of an unaware gay man.

He was beautifully naive and it showed in every interaction with Dakota, making their mountainside hook up all the more heartfelt and emotional.
Dakota was also a nicely rounded character, his hurt and anger at what was happening in his life and how he felt once the new owner of the farm was revealed was also understandable.

But, once they got together, I think it became a little less realistic, there were only minor hurdles thrown in their path (and yes it’s a romance and it’s nice to see that the whole world aren’t homophobic assholes and all their friends and family were fine because they’d all really secretly thought Bryce was gay) but I think a bit more conflict would have worked better.

There is a pervading masculinity in sport, especially in the US’s top four, and I don’t think perhaps enough was given to the real fears that should have been part of Bryce’s decisions he was making regarding his future. It was mentioned but brushed aside slightly.

Now, that’s only a tiny minor criticism and it’s nothing which spoils the flow of the narrative or the romance of the book itself, which is really sweet and has a lot of stupidly hot sex, especially as Bryce is a total gay sex virgin. This was done really well, they didn’t just jump into full on demon monkey sex all over the place!

I had an ARC so there are a fair few typos, grammatical tense mistakes and editing errors which I’d expect would be ironed out by the time the book comes out so they didn’t distract too much from the over all story.
This is the start of a new series from A.E. Wasp and one I’m looking forward to continuing.

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

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Jamison successfully redeems her jerk doctor from book one

Bedside Manner (Hearts and Health, #2)Bedside Manner by D.J. Jamison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*
I loved how DJ successfully managed to transform book one’s slightly creepy and somewhat jerkish Dr Paul into a truly kind and caring man.

Misunderstandings, fear and inexperience had led him to act like an idiot but meeting Zane after he’d been assaulted by his step-dad gave Paul a jolt and watching this unlikely pairing fall in love was lovely.

There’s also double virgin sex in this one which was handled with care, emotionally rewarding and fully of passion.
Another beautiful cover helps to add to the attractiveness of this series.

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A cracking good ending to the Mates series

To Touch You (Mates, #4)To Touch You by Cardeno C.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Throughout this one I was suffering along with Yoram until Salvatore finally got his act in gear and accepted his fate was to be with his shifter mate.

It didn’t seem to go on as long as in previous books and there was the same generally low level angst to keep the pace of the plot ticking along nicely.

The first time they came together was seriously hot, virgin sex in combination with a shifter’s overwhelming need to claim, meant for a truly mesmerising encounter.

I liked Sal. I know some reviewers haven’t been as keen but he worked just fine for me as a repressed escapee from poverty who’d learnt to trust only himself.

I loved how, once he’d had the hotel room chat with the gang, he just threw himself into everything. That is, surely, all we’d ever wish for in a partner 🙂

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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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