Thursday, 15 March 2018

REVIEW : Color of You by C.S. Poe


Bowen Merlin— yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….

Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.

If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

  Color of YouColor of You by C.S. Poe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book sat for a very long time on my currently reading list. I read it on-off, and last night I managed to finished it.
Let's just say, this one is sweet, with an insta-love vibes, and a classic body shame because of the old trauma. Low angst, no teary angst.
But I was kinda enjoyed it at some point because, hey, let's admit it, who wouldn't want to fall in love in 22 days before Christmas, right? Well, I want (*grins).

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REVIEW : Home is Where You Are (States of Love) by Emjay Haze


For a chance at a future filled with love, he’ll have to face a painful past.

Eric, recently dumped by his boyfriend, is summoned home after his dad suffers a stroke. His family farm in rural Vermont holds memories he’d rather forget, but he—with his degree in agricultural business—is needed to clear up a predicament with the bank. In trying to forget the bad, Eric has also lost sight of the good: green meadows dotted with grass-fed dairy cows and the sugar maples that once produced the area’s finest maple syrup. With Eric’s help, they will again.

A captivating farmhand named Phil tempts Eric to give the countryside another chance, but before they can consider being together, Eric must move past more than his feelings for his ex-boyfriend—he’ll need to stand up to the ghosts that sent him running from the farm in the first place….

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Home is Where You Are (States of Love)Home is Where You Are by Emjay Haze
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book had been sitting on my to read ARC for too long, and I'm glad I'd finally took it and finished it.
Phil is the sweetest lumberjack guy, and Eric is very lucky having him.
There's some moments I wanted to slap their head together because, you know, I always hate assumption.
Talk, and you'll find the answer!
This is a sweet, light, heartwarming story about moving on and acceptance, and coming home.
I liked it.

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REVIEW : Hearts and Flour by Tara Lain


Can a raw food enthusiast find love with a guy who bakes cupcakes?

When Micah Truveen’s devoted health-food customers start showing up with white flour, Micah wants to chew nails! To make his misery worse, he finds his yoga teacher boyfriend in bed with another guy the day before Valentine’s Day. Micah decides to drown his misery at a friend’s anti-Valentine’s Day orgiastic hookup party—and meets the beautiful Queen, a gorgeous cross-dresser who’s got Southern sugah in his mouth and the right equipment under the dress. But when the hookup turns serious, Micah has to compromise to protect Queen’s secrets from his beloved grandmother. With everything against them, can two hearts rise above the flour?

Second Edition
First Edition published by Etopia Press, January 2013.
Hearts and FlourHearts and Flour by Tara Lain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One night of a 'raw' sex at the un-Valentine's day orgy party after a heartbreaking moment of his life , saw his boyfriend getting f***ed by a stranger on their bed, Micah and Queen a.k.a Quentin can't deny the attraction between them.

One stupid comment ruined all.
One stupid decision make it worse.
But love conquers all.
And one Gandma Mary Beth is a savior of their relationship.
Nice sweet story, between a cross dressing man and and a raw food crazed.

This one is cute, and the sex is so freakin' hot!
Read this.
Tara Lain is always a comfort zone to my reading.
You won't disappointed!

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ARC REVIEW : Twisted and Tied (Marshals, #4) by Mary Calmes


Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He’s head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he’s doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely… until they’re not.

Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke. But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he's going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after.

Twisted and Tied (Marshals, #4)Twisted and Tied by Mary Calmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

* This was perfection!*

It was a painful ache in my chest right now, to say goodbye to one of my favorite couple, Ian and Miro. But they do need their HEA after all this time.

This is actually the last one of Miro and Ian's story, but I didn't feel like this is the last. Because, there's some blank space that I need to know. The key Hartley gave to Miro. What's there for Miro to open, to see.

And speaking of Craig Hartley, Miro's forever enemy, and their weird 'relationship'. I think I'm sick enough that at some point, I could never hate what Miro and Hartley had. They're dancing in circles. And that day, when Hartley told Miro, "I knew you're mine" and Miro cried and didn't reject that. I cried. I was freaking cried!

“I don’t—this isn’t how I wanted—we’re supposed to be even,” I said, turning to look at him, into his eyes, so close, our noses almost bumping. “I saved
you, you saved me—how am I gonna pay you back?” I asked, my eyes filling.
“Next time,” he whispered, lifting his chin. “Come here.”
Without thought, I turned my head so his lips pressed to my cheek as he squeezed my hand, so tight for just a moment.
“Always knew you were mine,” he said, exhaling.

It made no sense to cry. He was not a good man. He was, in fact, a monster. But somewhere between him shoving a kitchen knife into my side and taking a rib from me, and telling me that, no, my dog was not dead… he had become my monster. We were not what we once were, and in the end, he took a pair of bullets meant for me and saved my life.

But then, there's Ian, always Ian who made him complete. And I ache for Ian, how understandable he is for what Miro felt. It hurts me when they made love that nigh and Ian had to say some words to Miro to convince Miro and 'himself' that they belonged together.

“You don’t belong to Craig Hartley, you understand?”
“I know you’re hurt, but I won’t allow you to be lost, you understand?”
“You belong to me. You’re mine, and no one and nothing comes between us, not ever.”

From there, I knew how much Ian loved Miro and I couldn't be happier that Miro found Ian.
Sigh, these two consumed me like no others. Guaranteed, one of my favorite couple.
I loved this series, and you should too!

*ARC provided by Dreamspinner Press for an hones and unbiased review.*

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

ARC REVIEW : Only You by Melanie Harlow


Nate Pearson is ridiculously handsome and wears the hell out of a suit and tie, but I’ve seen the parade of beautiful women leaving his apartment across the hall—a different one every time—and I want no part of it. When it comes to romance, I’m looking for something real, something that will last: the happily ever after.

As a divorce attorney, he loves to tell me there’s no such thing.

As a wedding planner, I choose to disagree.

We disagree on almost everything, in fact. Everything except James Bond. The only time we really get along is when we’re watching 007 flicks together, and I’ll admit—he has rescued me from a disaster or five. So when one of the baton twirlers from his parade leaves a baby girl at his door with a note that says “I’ll come back for her” and he begs me for help, I can’t turn him down.

But it’s a mistake.

Because watching him with his daughter, I start to see another side of Nate, a side that has my breath coming faster, my body craving his, my heart longing for him to change his mind about love and tell me there’s a chance for us.

I don’t want to be just another girl leaving his apartment in the morning.

I want to be the one he asks to stay.

  Only YouOnly You by Melanie Harlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every once in the rarest while, a book shows up like an alien - anonymous and yet in possession of of such ability that made me thinking about reading it. Only You is just such an alien.
Considering my reading preferences for the past few years, there's no way I read MF, and yet here I am, reading about Nate and Emme and infatuated by their dynamic.
This is a really adorable friends to lovers, and added a baby and the chaos after the baby arrived, then I'm sold!
Emme is a romantic and Nate is...NOT!. Emme believed in happy ever after and Nate believed in one night stand. Yeah. There's nothing new about it, but yet, I found this book very interesting, and it's a rare thing these day I found an interesting MF book (no offense to the MF community).
So, actually they're not compatible, but I guess after the baby arrived, Nate started seeing Emme a different perspective and so was Emme.
Even I thought they're moving too fast, I think I'm okay with that, because just like Emme, I am a romantic and I do believe when the time's arrived, they can just 'be'.
And I loved the epilogue.

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Saturday, 10 March 2018

ARC REVIEW : Robbie (Confessions, #1) by Ella Frank

Relationships are complex.
Love ever-changing.
And when it comes to rules of the heart,
they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.
Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:
If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.


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Robbie (Confessions, #1)Robbie by Ella Frank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Adele is always right.
Sometimes love last and sometimes it just fucking hurts

This quote is quite the most memorable one in this book, and you'll find it on chapter twenty-seven. It was, in fact one of the most memorable and best scenes in this book, because, let's just be honest, Logan is quite a heart-breaker.
I started with Logan, why? Because Logan is the one who started this story, and there's no Robbie without Logan.
I never realized until later, how much Robbie wanted Logan and loved him, heartbroken by him. Damn Logan and his charm.

Robbie gave Logan his five cents was the one made me added more star for this book.

 But I was shocked to realized that after all this time, after all this years of knowing you were with him, I'd still been walking around with this misguided fantasy that one day, somehow, you would end up being mine.

Regrets only happen when you aren't brave enough to try something that scares you. I know that because I regret not feeling like I was enough for you, Because God, Logan...I loved you"

Then came Julien and Joel Priestley, and Robbie's world had change into something unbelievably beautiful. Julien and Priest were just what Robbie's need in his life, not Logan, not anyone else.

I loved how Julien and Priest put some effort to woe Robbie and made him felt respected, not just like some cheap third wheel in their marriage.
I liked the dynamic among the three of them, and how they completed each other, because after I read this, I'm pretty much sure, without Robbie, Julien and Priest won't be having a happy marriage life. Sure they love each other, there's no doubt about that, but there's one thing that only Robbie could fulfill, just what Julien told him...

"For me, it's your warmth , your smile, the happiness that radiates off you in waves. You're so passionate about things whether you're angry or excited, and that joy you have for life? It's contagious."

This book felt like a slow burn at least for me, but it wasn't. Robbie decided that he wanted Julien and Priest quite fast, considering he's already 'interested' for months with Julien and Priest.
They're all came with baggage, and I liked that Ella peeled the baggage one by one. This time Robbie's baggage, I believe, in the second book, we'll see what's really made Priest so uptight and guarded.
Actually, I felt a little deja vu about Priest, he reminds me of Tristan from Riley Hart's Broken Pieces.

I enjoyed this book, I enjoyed Robbie, Julien and Priest journey finding their happiness. It's still a long process, but I believe that they'll find it someday.
And as for the sexy times, this is Ella Frank everyone, in case you need a reminder!



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Monday, 5 March 2018



For the last year, Jay Warren has struggled to find the nerve to tell his wife he’s gay. Every time he gets the chance, though, he freezes up. He’s ashamed of hiding it all this time and he doesn’t want to hurt her, and the guilt has been almost unbearable.

When his wife dies suddenly, Jay’s conscience threatens to eat him alive.

Funeral director Scott Lawson deals with the bereaved every day, and he’s all too familiar with the inside of the closet. He offers Jay some much-needed compassion and understanding, and from that connection comes a friendship that quickly—perhaps too quickly—turns into something more.

But are grief, guilt, and loneliness the only things tying them together? Or will Scott get fed up with being used as an emotional crutch before Jay realizes what he has?

This book was previously published.
For The LivingFor The Living by L.A. Witt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this a while ago and forgot to write a review (blame my age,lol).
This is actually one of those love/lust at first sight, that didn't work really good for me. Because, well even Jay never really loved his late wife, it felt rude to lust after Scott, especially in only for a very short time. Not that I'm complaining about their union, I was in need of a quick magical connection at the moment, so it was actually okay, in my dictionary.
And Scott is a perfect man, gosh I wish I have my own Scott. He is a perfection. Almost too good for Jay (?).
I liked that they're finally have their happy ending, that's what matter, right? Not my Witt's favorite, but somehow, it quite worked for me.

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