Monday, January 14, 2019

Typhoon Toby (Forces of Nature Book 2)Typhoon Toby by R.L. Merrill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was definitely a whirlwind, but it was also refreshing and the best kind of hurt/comfort.

Toby is a genius. He started college at 16 and grew up fast. Relying on his advisor, he trusted where he shouldn't have and ended up very emotionally and physically scarred. He just wants to block out the past and move forward, the more nameless the hookup the better. But when he takes a well needed vacation in Bali, he finds that after spending a week with the same man, he feels lost when they part.

Spencer is a therapist and an advocate for LGBT+ youth. He own his own practice with his friend and he's been working himself too hard. When he leaves Toby after a week in Bali, he can't get him out of his head. And when he sees him on TV promoting his new show, he realizes he can't miss an opportunity to see him again.

I'll be honest, I didn't really get into this story until about halfway, but then I was consumed. Toby started out a reckless, lost and frankly annoying character who finally realized that in order to get past his pain, he had to confront it. It was honestly very gratifying to see Toby take the steps to becoming whole. I had to give him credit for his maturity and willingness to 'fix' himself in an effort to have a relationship with Spencer.

At first Spencer annoyed me as well because he acted so victimized and small, but with the promise of love from Toby, he too became more confident and less guarded. Once they found a place where they were grounded the story was so tender and raw.

I really enjoyed all of the friends in this story and their drama as well. It's fun to see the beginnings of other stories building up in the background to keep the series moving.

The last half of this was done so well. There were so many triggers for Toby that he was able to weather with Spencer at his side and I really felt the relationship as it morphed into a tangible feeling of love. This was definitely a book that I'm thrilled to have read and I'm excited to see the next story, hopefully with Javier.

*Galley copy provided in exchange for an honest review. Cross posted to http://gaybook.reviews/ *

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The Alpha's LustThe Alpha's Lust by Preston Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a truly unique shifter story and I enjoyed it more than I had expected.

When Ray is sent to another pack to mate with an omega, he has no idea what he's in for. He doesn't want a mate. He doesn't want a family or love, but he denied the Alpha's son, so he was cast out.

But when he meets Sil, he instantly feels protective of him and wants to feel a part of his family. But the past has a way of coming back to haunt him and he's caught in the middle of a crossfire.

This has a great HEA and some interesting character quirks that really made the story take flight.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Pisces Floors Taurus (Signs of Love, #4.5)Pisces Floors Taurus by Anyta Sunday
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you aren't familiar with Zane and Beckett, you MUST read Pisces Hooks Taurus. It was on my top 2018 reads and it's one you don't want to miss.

This short little HEA addition to that story was everything well wrapped and placed on a platter for us readers. This story begins with Zane and Becky finishing up their stint abroad and returning home. Zane is (no so) patiently waiting for two things to happen.

First, he wants Beckett to top him...for the first timenopressure! Secondly, he wants that proposal he was promised when they returned to the US.

Becky is just as charming and fun in this snippet as he was in PHT and Zane is his typical breezy self, with a wee bit of anxiety and it was adorable. I love these boys so much and love that Anyta Sunday gave us the HEA we were dying for.

*Galley copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Cross posted on http://gaybook.reviews/ *

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Valor (Until You #4)Valor by Karrie Roman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We finally got Alec's story and it was truly worth the wait!

This is book #4 in the Until You series and while it could be considered a stand alone, there are so many characters from the other books that I feel like you'd be missing out. Plus, the other books are wonderful, so do yourself a favor and read them all anyway.

Alec is former military, former FBI, full fledged badass. He works with his friends finding lost and stolen children, returning them to safety. When Alec gets a call from San Diego that a well to do lawyers 4 year old son was taken from the playground, he's called in and prepared to do anything he can to get Jack back.

Asher is somewhat estranged from his family due to his career choice, but his brother has called him home for support. When he walks in the door he takes one look at Alec and is immediately love-struck.

I know, I know. It sounds like insta-love and it felt like insta-love but it wasn't. Honestly. There was burn and it was slooowwww.

This felt like two books in one because of the two separate but related cases and it built so much excitement in me as I read. I also was treated to some much needed comedy in the form of Ben Cronin. I love how Alec has his self made family of support and friendship including Ben, Cameron, Zach, Ethan, Ryan and Lucas. The gang was back together again making memories and forging bonds and welcoming Asher with open arms.

Karrie Roman has created a world in which threats exist, but there is a team of good guys at the ready who happen to be gorgeous, funny and extremely entertaining. If you haven't read this series, now is the time to start. This fourth book was perfect.

*Galley copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Cross posted to http://gaybook.reviews/ *

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Fearless (Trials of Fear)Fearless by Nicky James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again, Nicky James has rocked my hurt/comfort loving world. This is seriously THE BEST series and I'm so glad I've had the opportunity to read it.

Krew was magnificent. I love his story. I love what a princess he is and his excitement over all things Disney. I love his bunny jammies.

Max was exactly the perfect person for Krew. All of his happiness came from Krew, which is just awesome. He was magnanimous and unwavering and so hopeful.

Exquisite writing, beautiful story, charming characters, it was everything.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Little Harbour (Scandinavian Comfort #1)Little Harbour by Sophia Soames
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

This was a hard one for me to read and rate. For the first quarter of the story, I absolutely loved it. Every word. There was so much greatness here...

Jens lost his wife a year ago. He's now the single parent of 4 children with a full time job as a professor and lecturer at the local college. His life has fallen apart, his kids have fallen apart, he's got no idea what he's doing.

Axel is a mid-wife and has started a blog online. When he gets an email intended for someone else, he notices that it's from Jens, the best friend he fell in love with and then lost 20 years ago. And he's been in love with him since. He takes a chance to meet him again and see if he can finally let him go.

This was a story about second chances and was written so poetically. I really was amazed at the writing in this. I fell in love within the first 15 minutes and was so invested in both Jens and Axel, but also the children. Each one was so dynamically engaging in the story and I literally felt like part of the family. I honestly can't say enough about the writing in this. It was just beautiful.

My only hesitation in giving this a full five stars was the length. The story was angst free. There were no issues or crossroads. It was blending Axel's life with a family of five and how to cope with work and friends and family and feelings. Once I got 2/3 of the way through, I was ready for the end. Yes, the writing was still stellar. Yes, everyone was still engaging and funny and the stories were epic, but it was so much without direction, I suppose.

It was all heart and I would have honestly given this 5 stars just for the writing and the story line alone. So many words of love and the dialogue just flowed seamlessly. I really loved so many exchanges.

"You looked like you needed a hug." Axel whispers in his ear.
"I did." Jens whispers back. "I needed you, and now everything is okay."


I totally recommend this author as I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the prose, and I know I'll be thinking of the Sommerfeldt family for a very long time.

*Arc copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Cross posted to http://gaybook.reviews/ *

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Cuffing Season: A Gay Paranormal Romance (Season Of Love Book 2)Cuffing Season: A Gay Paranormal Romance by Liam Kingsley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When the government gets to decide the laws surrounding shifters, a new election becomes very important. And one of the candidates has paid to own his own omega, James. James has lived hidden his entire life and has finally broken free, just to be alone and in danger.

When he meets Ben, a former military hero, he finally feels what it's like to trust someone, but he's got to get rid of his ex before he can move on completely.

I really enjoyed this book and the depth of the characters and story. There was a lot of great dialogue that kept the story flowing.

"He wasn't the picture of the man I thought I'd fall for. He wasn't the picture of safety and independence that I had imagined. Somehow, he was everything I needed, anyway."

I just really enjoyed this one.


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Typhoon Toby by R.L. Merrill My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was definitely a whirlwind, but it was also refreshing and the best kind o...