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Short & Sweet: Illegal Contact (The Barons, #1) by Santino Hassell

Illegal Contact (The Barons, #1)Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

What to do when you are recommended a book, have great expectations for it and have the luck of getting approved for a NetGalley ARC? Well, let me tell you what not to do. You. Must. Not. Procrastinate it.

Ahem. That being said. I had a LOT of expectations for this book. And was also scared to read it. Why? Two main reasons:
1)The person who recommended gave it 5 stars, and was pretty excited about it, specially because it was written by a gay male.
2)A romance book written by a MALE author? – Yes, I admit, I have some pre-made ideas about this. Here’s the drill. I absolute adore MM romance. And, true to the Romance Guidelines, it usually follows the formula: meeting-fighting attraction-banter & teasing-go down and dirty-fight/break up – HEA.

So yeah. I procrastinated. A LOT. And then picked it up. And skies opened up and angels sung because IT FOLLOWED THE FORMULA AND IT WAS GLORIOUS!!!!!!

Gavin and Noah were perfect examples of stereotypes… on the outside and inside. You know, the hot, big ill tempered bad boy with a golden heart and the nerdy Clark Kent with a filthy mouth and inner fire. I loved them. to pieces. I loved their interaction even more. I loved how they changed each other.

The support characters were well written. And also fit flawlessly into the expected roles.

And the “crisis/breaking” part? It was so good that I actually burned dinner because I was crying so hard I didn’t realized the food was getting a shade a bit too dark.

Overall, it is your Tried & True romance book. That keeps up to any expectation you have, and is exactly what you are bargaining for when searching for it.

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Wet Heat by R.D. Hero

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Rating: ✪✪✪

Book Info:
107 pages
Expected publication: June 20th 2016 by Riptide Publishing
Available on ebook

Book Genres: MM Romance, Paranormal

Synopsis:
Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at forty-two, he’s stopped going into heat, which means he’s expired goods—no longer a fertile, young omega that alpha wolves drool over. So Lee uses Wet Heat, a synthetic pheromone, to reel in the alpha hookups.

After losing his job at the bank, Lee can’t afford to keep up his Wet Heat habit. His solution: scam free samples by pretending to be a happily mated test subject at Wet Heat headquarters. There, Lee spends two years being interviewed by the reserved alpha scientist, Cain, who at thirty-two is unmated and—up until this point—content with that.

Cain never really felt his alpha instincts, nor took part in the usual alpha/beta/omega social dynamics. But after discovering that Lee has been lying about his unmated status for two years, Cain finally admits that for the first time, he wants to court an omega. Unfortunately, he’s picked the one omega who doesn’t want to be courted.

Review:
I’m lost for words. I really am. Not sure how to rate the book. It wasn’t bad, actually it has some very good aspects, Lee and Cain being two of them. Two well written characters, with personalities not exacting matching their roles, and the inevitable attraction without the insta-lust we see in PNR when mating couples are involved.

However, I wish that instead a novella it was a full-grown book. It has so much potential unexplored. I would like to see the alpha-beta-omega rules explained in more depth. How the mating-pups comes to male/male couples. The roles. The circles. The hunt. Also, the idealists, and their role. All those little aspects could be explored.

I enjoyed the book. A quick read, with some funny and endearing moments, that left me craving pancakes.

I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Read as part of the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Kristin @ Addicted to Happily Ever After

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Currently Reading: Us by Sarina Bowen

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Book Info:
328 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Rennie Road Books
Available on paperback, kindle, ebook

Book Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, GLBT

Synopsis:

Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they?

When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

 

Why am I reading this?
It won the poll for May’s Back Room BOM. It was also my nomination and I loved HIM.

How am I reading this?
Kindle

My friends reviews?
4 stars and 5 stars, plus a few ‘To Reads’

Where am I reading this?
@NBRC Back Room. You can join discussion here

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Short & Sweet: Out of Bounds by A.R. Barley

Out of BoundsOut of Bounds by A.R. Barley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh Nick how much I love thee!

I enjoyed this book so much that I even downloaded the kindle app to my phone so I can sneak read it during work. Yes, it may be wrong, but I just couldn’t stop reading it. It was that hard to put down. I fell in love with Nick & Jesse. I want me some Nick in my life. And then I wanted to chew Nick’s head off.. just for a bit. Then, when my vision started to get blurry and tears threatened to spill, it ended with a smile and a “aaawwwww”.

Okay, now for the proper review.

Most of romance books – specially the new adult types – follow the formula: couple meets – attraction builds and is fought – relationship starts – big drama/fight/broke up – HEA

Doing something new, is not an easy task. At least not these days. The greatest challenge and therefore achievement IMO, is when an author follows the formula, and make it unique. Make it work. Characters don’t have to be perfect, they need to be good. Connectable. The story doesn’t need to be perfect, it needs to engage the reader.

What I like in this book? Everything. The attention to little details. The tape marking the boundaries may sound ridiculous, but it isn’t. Actually, is amazing how such a small thing can be exactly what someone needs to feel safe. It is real. And thoughtful. This book doesn’t have big gestures. It has little ones that make all the difference.

The way Jesse shyes from human contact and slowly starts building up his inner strentgh again. All Nick’s protection feelings towards Jesse. Their connection felt real.

And how don’t care how some people think the “out of bounds” expression was repetitive, I liked that little tidbit A LOT.

I think I have a new author on my keep-an-eye-for list. Time to add book #2 (and #3) to my TBR.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

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New on my TBR list

Yesterday while talking about the new release of If it Drives– Is it March yet? – a friend of mine asked me if I knew the Cut & Run series. She also said it was one of the best, if not the very best, series she ever read.

And if that wasn’t reason enough, how can you say no to this covers?

   

   

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Capture & Surrender by L.A. Witt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my, I don’t know where to start or what to say.

This book was nothing like I was expecting. The authors did this AWESOME JOB. When I saw the direction they were going I was worried, since the subject they choose is real, scary and most of all risky to use in this type of book.

They make it work.

It was an emotional and touching book. I love it – even with all the tears while reading.

Is that type of book that is extremely hard to review. It just has to be read.

Next book on the series will have a high standard to meet. Good thing is a Tristan and Jared one 🙂

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Market Garden Series, book II

Take It Off (Market Garden, #2)Take It Off by L.A. Witt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book takes place after the events of Quid Pro Quo. And also shatters another of my turnoffs. I never felt any attraction to male stripping – unless in private – so professional dancers never did much to me. Till now.

This time using Tristan POV, we get to see a new encounter with the rolex guy from the previous book. With a few twists in the rules. Tristan gets to see, but not touching this time. And Jared gets his opportunity to make Tristan pay for all the begging and frustrations of the last pairings with Tristan.

Omigod Omigod Omigod. I just loooooved the new Jared. His dance and teasing and new attitude made me devour this book. And the question remains. Is Jared still crushing on Tristan, or is this pairing only business with some fun involved?