Thursday, 20 July 2017

ARC REVIEW : Smitty's Sheriff (Hope #3) by Cardeno C.


Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they're perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.

Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.

It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation.

When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?
Smitty's Sheriff (Hope, #3)Smitty's Sheriff by Cardeno C.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It pained me to give only two starts for CC's book.
But what can I say? From the first time I read about Rich, I didn't like him. He's too judgmental for my taste and Todd on the other hand, a clueless, doormat and a cheater (three years as a booty call for Rich and he's sleeping with others too, not that i can blame him. Richard made him believe that it was just sex.).
I have no idea why did Todd can put up with Rich for so long. No communications for three years is a disaster, don't you think?
I mean, come on...when you (sex) partner looked down at you and didn't make any move to make commitment, would you just stay for him for that long? Not in my world.
But, once again, Todd is a doormat, he took anything Richard's offered. Both main characters are hard to like.
This is almost a no angst short story, but this is CC's book. You should read this one.
You can always blame me for my rating.

*I read it on the plane, so probably it's the plane, not the book. :)*

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ARC REVIEW : A Kind of Home (A Kind of Stories #4) by Lane Hayes


A Kind Of Story

Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. The man is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.

Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in unchartered and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.
A Kind of Home (A Kind of Stories, #4) 

A Kind of Home by Lane Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was sexy, I cannot put it down and I really liked Adam.
This book worked for me, I didn't even skimming the sex part. That one tells a lot :)
I read this one when my mood was 'right'.
So, I'm not sorry for loving Adam and Isaac. They're cheesy, and Adam loving Isaac the way Isaac never imagined before.
So it's a matter of heart and choices, whether Isaac will let Adam in, or living his life always in running from something he's actually craved.
And Adam gave it all of it, the unconditional love and a home he always dreamed of.
I know, I'm a hopeless romantic. This one is so far my favorite of this series.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

ARC Review : The Teddy Bear Club by Sean Michael


Two lonely men. One perfect family.

Aiden Lake adopted his institutionalized sister’s two daughters, and he’s a good dad. He works nights on websites and gets in his adult time twice a week at the Roasty Bean, where he meets with other single gay parents.

Devon Smithson wants to be a good dad now that his sixteen-year-old sister asked him to babysit her newborn… three months ago. But he’s overwhelmed with the colicky baby. An invitation to the daddy-and-kid gatherings at the cafĂ© is a godsend. The pot is sweetened when his friendship with Aiden develops into more—maybe even something that can last.

But the mother who kicked Dev out for being gay wants to get her claws into the baby, and she doesn’t care if she tears Dev, Aiden, and everything they’re building apart in the process.

 The Teddy Bear Club

The Teddy Bear Club by Sean Michael
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I love kids, babies and the bunch of them,. I mean it.
But when you have almost 70 percent of the book talking about babies, diapers, playing and lacking of romance in my MM book, I'm not a fan.
Skimming some diaper changing and I found there's not so much of a story.

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Review : Model Investigator (Haven Investigations #3) by Lissa Kasey (


With his lover, Kade, missing, androgynous former model turned private investigator Ollie Petroskovic is ready to kick some ass to bring him home.

Ollie and his ex, rock star Jacob Elias, need to find Kade and free him from the clutches of his manipulative family. But with Ollie suffering from chronic migraines and Jacob unable to bear loud noises, they are hardly the dynamic duo. It takes a lot of sweet talking on the part of Jacob, and patience Ollie doesn’t have, to find Kade. Only Kade’s not whole anymore. The fight for Kade’s heart and mind is far from over.

It’s Ollie’s turn to guide Kade through nightmares, self-doubt, and PTSD. Kade’s memories are scattered, fragmented with possible horrors, and he’s not quite sure what is real. Ollie will have to draw on his investigative skills to clear Kade of the terrible accusations his family has made and help Kade unlock the truth. But in doing so, he ignores his own health, which could have catastrophic consequences for everyone, especially when digging up the past could be lethal for them all.
Model Investigator (Haven Investigations, #3)

Model Investigator by Lissa Kasey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my favorite of the series.
I really loved how much Ollie and Kade loved each other. And the jealous Ollie is epic!
I can't believe the ending...this is actually what I predicted before.
I know how clingy Ollie to Kade, but Kade need a clingy Ollie.
And I can't believe that Kade can be upset to Ollie too. LOL.
And the public sex is awesome! I never thought I'll see the day Kade's blushing...
Took me a long time to finish this one, because I don't want it to end.
I missed them already.
The ending is kinda cliffhanger, but didn't make me mad.
I'm waiting impatiently to the next book!

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Monday, 10 July 2017

ARC REVIEW : Mascara & Bandages (Mary's Boys #3) by Brandon Witt


Ariel Merman is a new drag queen who’s already finding a family at Hamburger Mary’s. After a performance as Ariel, Zachary Cooper walks home in his makeup and is assaulted by homophobes. Zachary’s worry that the attack has thrown a wrench in his good fortune is eased when he looks into the eyes of his doctor.

Dr. Teegan Chau is a little lost after divorcing his wife and coming out of the closet, but he can’t deny the pull he feels toward the young man he patches up. Luckily, Zachary takes the initiative and asks Teegan out. But attraction is the easy part of their blossoming relationship—as they deal with an ex-wife and child, being a drag queen in a heteronormative culture, Zachary’s lingering trauma from his attack, and Teegan acclimating to life as part of an out-and-proud gay couple.

The challenges seem daunting at the start of a romance. Can Zachary and Teegan make it through the rough patches and take a chance on the love that’s been missing from both their lives?

Mascara & Bandages (Mary's Boys, #3)

Mascara & Bandages by Brandon Witt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't read the book about Vahin (and Malcolm?), after reading Dani's review, I think I'll pass his book, sorry Vahin. But this one I approved. Actually, I liked this one better than the first book.
Zachary is adorable. no wonder Teegan drawn to him. I liked the dynamic and good chemistry the two of them. I always curious about cross-dressing main character in my MM books. Good thing is, more of the stories are good reads and enjoyable. This one is no exceptional. I liked this. A lot.
I felt sorry about what happened to Ariel/Zachary that night, but he won't meet Teegan if he's not in the Hospital, right?
I called it blessing in disguise :)
I liked all the Mary's boys who really care about Zachary and become family he needed. Add Teegan in the picture, and it was perfect.
This is enjoyable, and I liked it that the angst was in the beginning, almost end angst is really not my thang :)
Read this book, you'll enjoy it.

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ARC REVIEW : Runner by Parker Williams


 Matt Bowers’s life ended at sixteen, when a vicious betrayal by someone who he should have been able to trust left him a shell of himself, fighting OCD and PTSD, living in constant fear and always running. When he buys a remote tract of land, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world and attempt to establish some peace. For ten years he believes he’s found a measure of comfort, until the day a stranger begins to run on Matt’s road.

He returns every day, an unwelcome intrusion into Matt’s carefully structured life. Matt appeals to the local sheriff, who cannot help him since the jogger is doing nothing wrong. Gradually, after tentatively breaking the ice, Matt begins to accept the man’s presence—

But when the runner doesn’t show up one day, it throws Matt’s world into chaos and he must make the hardest decision of his life.
RunnerRunner by Parker Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this story. I can see why Matt acted like that, with the PTSD and all. Overreacted?
Yes. But in a mind of 16 years old boy who trusted his teacher and attacked by him? Even there's no rape, just one attempted..still..memories followed.
The problem is, Matt rejected the therapy and getting deeper and deeper into his own lonely world.
Until he found Charlie. Charlie is perfect in every way possible. He's definitely a perfect man for Matt.
But...does he really 'that perfect'?
I liked the slow burn relationship between Charlie and Matt, and how patient Charlie with him. And don't forget about the loving brother Trey. He's a picture of a perfect brother.
Looks like everything's perfect...but it's actually not.
This one is almost no angst story, mostly about how's Matt struggled with his inner demon and fighting it if he wants to be with Charlie.
Charlie on the other hand, is a determined man. This is the kind of man I need in my life. Patient and determined. I really liked Charlie, Matt is a lucky guy :)
Overall, this one is a 'fun' read (for me), not too thrilled with the epic ending...but what can I say, Charlie is an epic lover :)
Read this book.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

ARC REVIEW : The Shape of You by Felice Stevens

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 Too big. Too fat.
All his life Eric Sontag has judged himself on his size, believing love and friendship aren't in the cards for someone like him. Tired of being alone and scared of his doctor’s warnings, he enrolls in a nutrition support group, determined to change his life. When a beautiful thin man sits next to him, he can’t believe they have anything in common, but conversation between the two soon proves first impressions aren’t always what they seem.

Drifter. Loner.
Corey DeSantis has always been the scrawny waif; he’s tired of struggling with his art and with life. Scarred by the disappearance and death of his drug-addicted mother, he doesn’t wish for love, believing it will bring him nothing but pain in the end. Now his only hunger in life is his desire to paint…until a health scare and his mentor force him to attend a nutrition class where he meets a man who piques his interest. One drunken kiss later, Eric is all Corey can think about.
The same, yet different.

An unlikely friendship is born with both men wanting more but afraid to listen to their well-guarded hearts. When Corey receives shocking news leaving him angry and helpless, it’s Eric he leans on, to help see him through, while a surprising career opportunity finds Eric leaning on Corey for advice. One night of explosive passion leads to a second and soon neither man can imagine a life without the other. Life is shaped by the challenges accepted and roads not taken but as Corey and Eric walk the path together, they’ll discover the most beautiful destination of all. Love.


The Shape of YouThe Shape of You by Felice Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Eric might look at him and see beauty, but Corey knew the ugliness he carried onside”

Gorgeous cover.
Gorgeous story.
Now I know why Hope Vincent bragging about loving Corey the most.
But Eric is 'me'. I can relate to his issues. It’s not easy struggling all your life with that kind of issue. Sometimes, it cost people a depression. And depression is never pretty.

“I was with you. Because I wanted to be.”
“But why? I’m plain and fat, and you’re so_”
“Cold, I’m always cold. And being with you makes me feel safe and happy. And warm.”

Corey on the other side, I think he needed Eric more that he can explain.
Both were lonely, I can feel the loneliness of Eric and Corey. Eric with his lacking of self confident and his eating habit, and Corey with the same issue but in an opposite way.

Eric and Corey were made for each other, to complete each other, to help each other with their issues, it’s always easier when you ‘re not going to do it alone.
I loved the dynamic between Corey and Eric, how they’re become their own psychiatrist to each other.
Well, like Corey said, who need a psychiatrist when you have Eric?

Felice wrote a fast pace but with deep meaning about our daily struggle. This is our every day life put in a romance book.
Another favorite and rereading material.


* I voluntarily read the ARC for Lelyana's Book Blog.

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