Wednesday, 29 November 2017

RELEASE BLITZ AND ARC REVIEW : Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 50,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Reese Dante


Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.

Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.

As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?

Author Bio

Eli Easton has been at various times and under different names a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a long-distance walker. She began writing m/m romance in 2013 and has published 27 books since then. She hopes to write many more.

As an avid reader of such, she is tickled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, two bulldogs, several cows, and a cat. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.

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  Desperately Seeking Santa

Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always craved for good and adorable Christmas stories every year, and Eli Easton is on the list of my 'a must stalk Christmas stories authors'. And I was so excited when I found this one!
Beside meeting the new guys, Gabe and Mack, there's a surprise that I found Jordan and Owen from Superhero! What a nice surprise!

Damn Eli Easton and her sweet and touching stories. This one is no exception, Mack story is very touching, that soft at heart giant, and what he had been through, made him the man he is now. And I think Gabe is a very lucky guy having him as his love interest.

I finished this in one sitting (it's also kinda short), and I can't be more happier reading this.
Eli portrayed the Christmas spirit beautifully, I'm sure you don't want to miss this one!
This is a heartwarming, sweet and family oriented story you need to savor.

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 48,000 words approx

Cover Design: Natasha Snow


Ben has Christmas, cats, and mistletoe on his side…. Jason doesn’t stand a chance

For Ben Slater, moving back to Bristol means being closer to his family, living with his best mate, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. But there’s also Jason, his best mate’s eldest brother. Ben’s had a crush on Jason for as long as he can remember, but the eleven-year age gap has always seemed insurmountable.

Jason Armitage works as a vet at his uncle’s practice. He owns a cute cottage on the outskirts of the city, and a loving dog. The one thing missing is someone to share it all with. His brother’s best friend seems a bad choice, but Jason can’t help taking a second look. Ben’s changed a lot since Jason last saw him; both in appearance and attitude. Gone is the shy young boy, replaced with a confident, twenty-four-year-old man.

In the run up to Christmas, the festive period gives Ben the ideal opportunity to show Jason what he has to offer. But concerns for his brother’s feelings hold Jason back. If they have any chance of making this work, Ben must convince Jason that he’s old enough to know what he wants, and Jason needs to believe that a relationship with his brother’s best friend won’t ruin their friendship.


Ben tried not to look, but inevitably his gaze was drawn to Jason still sat on the sofa. He stood as Pete stepped back, and Ben got a proper look at him. Ben wasn’t the only one who’d changed a little over the past couple of years. The last time he’d seen Jason, his hair had been short, like an army cut, and he’d had a beard. He’d looked hot then, but now…. Ben had to forcibly shut his mouth so he didn’t gape.
Jason’s thick dark hair, still shaved at the sides, was now a good couple of inches longer on top. And he was clean shaven. Ben kind of missed the beard, but without it Jason looked much younger, and his strong jawline was a thing of beauty. He looked thinner, too. Ben frowned because Jason ate like a horse and had always been bulkier than his brothers. That thought somehow made its way out of Ben’s mouth.
“Have you lost weight?”
Jason laughed softly, one hand immediately going to his stomach. He patted his belly and sighed. “God don’t you start. Mum’s already been on at me about not eating properly.” He pulled Ben in for a quick hug. “It’s good to see you, even if you do put the rest of us to shame.”
Oh God, that voice. As smooth and deep as Ben remembered.

Author Bio

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it - fighting enemies and adversity - but they always find love in the end.


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ARC REVIEW : Getting His Man (Getting His Man #1) by B.G. Thomas


A love story worthy of an old movie… with a new twist.

Artie needs a hero, a man like those he’s always revered in Golden Age films. His drug-dealing jerk of a roommate got him arrested, and since his savior isn’t likely to sweep in and save the day, Artie calls a bail bondsman.

August has always imagined himself a hero from a black-and-white movie, but he’s never found a man willing to let him play that role—at least not until he gets the call from Artie.

Both of their dreams might come true, but not before August must use his skills as a bounty hunter as well as a bondsman. Artie is on the run for his life, and August must protect him and help him clear his name. Only then can they both finally get their man.

Getting His Man (Getting His Man, #1)Getting His Man by B.G. Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written in a playful way, this is a fun read for me. I was skeptical at first, but Artie is so damn cute and clueless, and I loved August's tendencies to 'protect' him, right from the first time they had met.
This actually not my typical book I craved, but I surprisingly enjoyed it a lot. I read it in one sitting, because, curious about what will happen to Artie and August after August bailed him that day.

There's no/less angst, just some 'scenes' happened along the way, and I knew it will happened eventually.
But August is a strong willed man, and he wanted Artie. Artie on the other side, with all 'I don't want anything happen to August', is a little annoying...but again, August didn't mind at all.
This is a fun story to enjoy, better on weekend if you're not into a 'heavy' book on your leisure time.

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RELEASE DATE: 11.29.17
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Quinn Monahan and Grayson Page have been friends since high school. Despite their differences, they’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. Opening Last Call together, a bar tucked away in the small town of Heartsville, PA seemed a natural progression—even if it makes it harder to live with the secret longing they’ve always had for each other.
Hoping to score an easy buck and a place to sleep, unemployed circus roadie Emery Woods chooses Last Call to run a few bets and enjoy a decent beer before moving on. When he finds himself stranded, the unexpected kindness Quinn and Gray show him leads to temporary work and a couch to lay his head. Sensing unresolved history between Quinn and Gray, he squashes his immediate draw to the men, opting to avoid trouble. But as days turn into weeks, denying the attraction is easier said than done.

When the men finally give in to the simmering sexual tension, it quickly develops into more than a way to pass the lonely nights. And as they begin to lean on each other for emotional support, it becomes nearly impossible to think of one man without the other two. But while Quinn and Gray are afraid to cross the line of friendship between them, Emery fears once they do, he’ll quickly be cast aside. A real family is finally within their grasp, but unless the men can learn to trust each other, they just might miss their hearts’ last call home.

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Holy fucking hell. That had been one of the best orgasms of my life. As the fog in my brain began to clear, Quinn stood up and hesitantly swiped at his mouth as if unsure of himself all over again. The fact that he’d just sucked me off didn’t seem lost on him. But Christ, it had been incredible, like a damned gift. Something sharp pierced inside my chest, and I did the only thing that came to mind. I gripped his face and fused our mouths together. He whimpered, his fingers clutching at my waist and he sank against me as if in relief. My tongue flicked out to brush briefly against his before pushing past his lips and finally—finally—tasting all of him. I sucked on his tongue and lips, jaw and throat, as his hands skimmed over my back, his nails digging into my hips, leaving scarcely a sliver of space between us. “Gray,” he moaned against my lips as I entwined our fingers and pulled them behind his back. Our chests slicked together, our groins pressing, our mouths meeting in deep and bruising kisses. The room faded away, the sound blotted, and all I could focus on was devouring my best friend’s mouth.    

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing. She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.
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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn't until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth's court that her interest in romance novels was renewed. But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back. Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.


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 Last Call

Last Call by Christina Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was really a surprise book when Felice Stevens announced that she and Christina Lee has a collaboration book together and it's an MMM!
From the sound of it, it's already sexy. I mean, I have love Felice's book since the beginning, loving her men, and writing with Christina Lee made me wonder how this book's gonna be.
I dug in soon as I had the book in my hand and I can't stop reading until I finished this.
Gray, Quinn, Emery, three lonely souls, Looking for something they can called 'home' for a very long time.

At first, it was Quinn and Gray, best friends with the hiding feeling, you know, the usual. Both afraid if the feeling revealed, it will ruin their friendship. So, both better have a great friendship than having a love affair with a probability won't work out.
But they forgot one thing. Communication. Men, with their 'communication skills'. SMH.

The Emery came into the picture and there are some 'feelings' involved. Insecurity, jealousy, pain in the stomach that something should be happening but afraid they will ruin it.
IMO, the feeling felt 'real', especially when there's a third person involved.
Again, they need communication. They didn't went straight to bed together, not before everyone's knew what they wanted for each other.
Oh and talking about 'bed', soon as they're together, nothing can stop them. And they're super sexy together, I'm not complaining. Not at all.

"Every kiss from Quinn melted another kiss of my heart, every strokes of Gray's hands crumbled the walls I'd set up until I lay before them naked and exposed. But no longer afraid."

But Emery felt something that Quinn and Gray have, he didn't have, he's became insecure. And it took some people to show him how much Gray and Quinn needed him. They are one.
Of course, they have their happy ending, and I'm a happy girl that the three lovely soul finally found what they called 'HOME', in each other arms.

One more, special applaud to shower kisses between Quinn and Gray!


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Monday, 27 November 2017

ARC REVIEW : On Davis Row by N.R. Walker


Nearing the end of a suspended jail sentence should unlock a brighter future for CJ Davis, only the chip on his shoulder is as hard to shift as his bad reputation. Born into a family of career criminals who live down Davis Road, an address the cops have dubbed Davis Row, his name alone is like a rap sheet that makes optimism impossible.

Brand-new parole officer Noah Huxley is determined to see the good in men like CJ. After all, he knows firsthand that bad things can happen to good people. His colleagues mock his doe-eyed optimism, but Noah soon sees CJ’s bad attitude and bravado are weapons he uses to keep people at a distance.

Both men know one simple mistake can change a life forever. At first glance, they might seem to be polar opposites. Yet underneath, they're not that different at all.

 On Davis RowOn Davis Row by N.R. Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What is it with NR Walker that she can make my hear flutter every time I read her book?
I was really looking forward to read this book ever since she teased us with all those love teasers between CJ and Noah. I dropped everything I read, took one day off house work, and enjoying the story. Yesterday was a perfect Saturday for me, because CJ and Noah made me happy, easily just like that.

I was skeptical with CJ the first time, but then after 'knowing' him, he's just too easy to love, you know?
You think he's a criminal? Think again after what he did to his Pops in the past, and he's just silent because what he can do? He was just a kid back then with the lacking of everything, knowledge, love, good family. He's just have Pops who's sick all the time. I wanted to cuddle him knowing what he went through. Good thing is, there's Noah, idealist parole officer, wanted to make CJ a 'better person'.

I can say this is an insta0-love, but with NR Walker style. They wait. They're freaking wait!!! LOL,
I wanted to yell at Noah, just kiss him already Noah! And he didn't. Yet. That proper Noah and his stupid rules. Sigh.

But then something's happened and I wanted to slap Noah for not believing CJ :(
But that's not for long, they talked after that, and CJ made Noah 'understood'.
Gosh, these boys stole my heart easily.

Things ended the way I wanted, not really what CJ wanted though, but I really loved the ending and the 'after the ending'.
CJ and Noah got their HEA, and I'm satisfied and happy.

Really recommended this one for everyone.

*ARC provided by the author for an honest and unbias review for Lelyana's Book Blog.*

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Friday, 24 November 2017

RELEASE BLITZ : Merry & Bright by Joanna Chambers

Length: 59,000 words approx. 

Cover Design: Natasha Snow



Quin Flint is unimpressed when his gorgeous colleague, Rob Paget, asks for extra time off at Christmas. As far as Quin is concerned, Christmas is a giant waste of time. Quin’s on the fast track to partnership, and the season of goodwill is just getting in the way of his next big project. But when Quin’s boss, Marley, confiscates his phone and makes him take an unscheduled day off, Quin finds himself being forced to confront his regrets, past and present, and think about the sort of future he really wants…and who he wants it with.

Mr Perfect’s Christmas

Sam Warren’s new job hasn’t been going so well so the last thing he’s in the mood for is the obligatory office Christmas party, particularly since Nick Foster’s going to be there. Nick–the guy whose shoes Sam has been trying to fill–seems to take very opportunity to point out where Sam’s going wrong. But when Sam receives an unexpected Secret Santa gift at the party, he’s forced to question his assumptions about his rival. Could it be that he’s been misinterpreting Nick’s actions all along? And is it possible that his reluctant attraction to Nick is reciprocated?

Rest and Be Thankful

Things haven’t been going well for Cam McMorrow since he moved to Inverbechie. His business is failing, his cottage is falling apart and following his very public argument with cafĂ© owner Rob Armstrong, he’s become a social outcast. Cam needs to get away from his troubles and when his sister buys him a ticket to the biggest Hogmanay party in Glasgow, he can’t leave Inverbechie quick enough. But when events conspire to strand him in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm, not only is he liable to miss the party, he’ll also have to ask his nemesis, Rob, for help.

Author Bio

Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.


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Thursday, 16 November 2017

ARC REVIEW : Secret Santa by Jay Northcote


Keeping secrets is never a good way to start a relationship

Theo hardly has time to date. Between work and caring for his four-year-old son there aren’t many hours left over. He’s lonely though, so he joins a hook-up app and starts chatting to a guy called Luke. Luke seems friendly and they arrange to meet. Theo doesn’t mention that he has a child. It’s early days and he’s worried about putting Luke off before they get to know each other.

Luke is currently working as Santa at the local shopping mall. He figures Theo never has to know. Christmas will be over soon and Luke will move on to a new, less embarrassing job. He’s surprised when Theo and a little boy visit Santa one afternoon. Theo doesn’t recognise Luke, and Luke realises he’s not the only one with a secret.

Despite misgivings on both sides, they start dating, and the chemistry is amazing. But as Christmas approaches their secrets pile up like colourful packages under the tree. If they’re not careful, they’ll lose the best gift of all—each other.

 Secret SantaSecret Santa by Jay Northcote
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Because this is a holiday season and it started well, and Jay Northcote is one of those authors who can write the best holiday stories. When Jay offered me this book, my hands were eagerly grab Theo and Luke's story.
This time, it's about family time!

My heart did some tug of war every time Luke or Theo met and still cannot revealed their secrets to each other. I know it's silly, but also very reasonable. While Theo wanted to 'see; where their relationship leads before he could open his secret, Luke also still cannot tell Theo about his 'job'.
By time, they're getting close and the need to tell the truth keep nagging them, something's happened accidentally. Which was good, actually. Thanks to Archie!

This is a very sweet and adorable Christmas story, and Jay did it again, very well indeed Mister!
I recommend this for your cozy Christmas read, you won't be disappointed! jay always writes the best Christmas stories, and I always love Christmas stories...

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About Jay Northcote

 Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. Jay has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and he also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.



Tuesday, 14 November 2017

ARC REVIEW : High Test by Elizabeth Noble


The coffee is rich. Hayden isn't. But Neal doesn't need to know that—yet.

Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company—no relation. But he keeps the “no relation” part to himself when he meets dashing architect, Neal Kirchner, a successful older man from an old-money family. Hayden doesn’t exactly lie, but he figures it can’t hurt for Neal to believe he’s a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn’t want Neal thinking he’s a gold digger.

The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it’s all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own.

 High TestHigh Test by Elizabeth Noble
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Prepare for a cute cinderfella love story! I really enjoyed this loveeee story between Hayden and Neal, complete with the 'oh I have to go' after the dance? But unlike Cinderella, Hayden afraid of missing his bus!
No chance to tell Neal after a few dates, some bitch showed Neal who's Hayden really is. No chance to tell Neal that he's not 'that Owen' did Neal mad ad him, and ditched him?
Oh, let me tell you this.

Neal is the sweetest man in the world (and a super generous)! He's 45 years old (yes, this is a May - December relationship), and he's crazy about Hayden since their first met. And his dogs loved Neal too.
And Nathan from the hotel where Neal have his own suite (bless that man Nathan!)
Not that I blamed Hayden for didn't have 'time' to tell Neal, every time he tried to tell Neal, there's 'always' interruption, always. And Neal, like the old man he is, always forgot to asked. LOL.
See the pattern? It need one bitch to break the moment, and bam!

But not to worry much, like I said earlier, this is a sweet cheesy story, cute and adorable, and did I mentioned I enjoyed it? Yeah, Cinderella is my favorite story ever! Of course I liked this one, with the addition of sexy times together, good writing, and an MM.
Yeah guys, read this book.

Note : this is my first book from this author, I think.
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Monday, 13 November 2017

ARC REVIEW : Regret Me Not by Amy Lane


Pierce Atwater used to think he was a knight in shining armor, but then his life fell to crap. Now he has no job, no wife, no life—and is so full of self-pity he can’t even be decent to the one family member he’s still speaking to. He heads for Florida, where he’s got a month to pull his head out of his ass before he ruins his little sister’s Christmas.

Harold Justice Lombard the Fifth is at his own crossroads—he can keep being Hal, massage therapist in training, flamboyant and irrepressible to the bones, or he can let his parents rule his life. Hal takes one look at Pierce and decides they’re fellow unicorns out to make the world a better place. Pierce can’t reject Hal’s overtures of friendship, in spite of his misgivings about being too old and too pissed off to make a good friend.

As they experience everything from existential Looney Tunes to eternal trips to Target, Pierce becomes more dependent on Hal’s optimism to get him through the day. When Hal starts getting him through the nights too, Pierce must look inside for the knight he used to be—before Christmas becomes a doomsday deadline of heartbreak instead of a celebration of love.

  Regret Me NotRegret Me Not by Amy Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always love Amy Lane's sweet stories, with love and a guaranteed happily ever after.
Hal and Pierce met in a very unpleasant situation for Pierce, well after his accident, failed marriage, and currently no job. Hal didn't have a great situation too, ditched by his parents from coming home for Christmas because, gay. Gay son is bad for business.

This is a healing comfort romance, no real twist and angst, sweet but would not giving you diabetes,don't worry. It's just a right portion.
Of course, there's an Amy Lane's magical touch, that insta-love feels like, not an insta-love.
I liked how Hal, being much younger than Pierce he is, doesn't fall for the young and submissive type. He's bossy, demanding, and hard when it comes to Pierce's therapy. Pierce seemed enjoying being bossing around by Hal.
They're a match made in heaven.

"“You’re beautiful,”Pierce said, embarrassed. “You…I was so embarrassed, that first day, because you were so pretty—so beautiful, and you were talking to me, and I was at my worst in my entire life. I couldn’t even see your eyes then. And your eyes are beautiful. And your mouth is beautiful. I don’t know how you could have been anything but beautiful in high school. I…I just don’t understand.”"

This book has easily become one of my favorite Amy's holiday story, and definitely a re-reading material.
HEA guaranteed :) Because,'s Christmas!
And Hal got what his dream Christmas gift he'd been dreaming of since he's twelve from Pierce, and Pierce promised himself he'll get Hal 'that gift' every year, forever. Sigh.
Love, love, love, love. I'm such a hopeless romantic, and I don't care!
Highly recommended!

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ARC REVIEW : The Heir Apparent by Tere Michaels


The heir apparent to a vast international company, Henry Walker has focused his entire life on pleasing his cold and distant father, a futile effort that’s left him no time for life, love, or making his own decisions. He has just one friend—one dirty little secret—Archie Banks. Raised on the Walker estate alongside Henry, Archie is now Henry’s driver, bodyguard… and occasional lover. Archie is loyal, but he’s about to graduate from college and has plans for his life that don’t include living every moment at the beck and call of Henry’s father. Not even for Henry.

With no warning, a shocking kidnapping leads to tragedy and chaos, thrusting Henry and Archie into a dramatic struggle that threatens them individually and as a couple. Can they find a way to heal the hurt of the past, save the company that is Henry’s birthright, and find a future together?

The Heir Apparent

The Heir Apparent by Tere Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

2nd edition by Dreamspinner Press.

This is surprisingly a really fun read for me.
I liked Archie and Henry's relationship, even though Henry need a little more spine and talk to his father about it rather than assuming, you know?
I liked how devoted Archie is with Henry, taking care of him with no doubt. No question asked when Henry acting weird, especially during the sex session :P

Their sexy time has always been sexy, and romantic at some point. Forbidden and dangerous...but they never thought that Henry's father knew or okay, everyone. He and Archie were just apparently not really good with hiding their feelings to each other.
There's no father - son typical conflict, remember about assuming? Thet's what Henry did. After it was too late for him and his father to have a real talk. After he knew finally, how much his father loved him, on his own way.

The bad guy, I think I knew about him from the very early after the kidnapping, the 'sign' was there. I have no idea why Archie and Henry didn't 'see' that.

Overall, this was fun, aside from what happened to Henry's father (nobody wanted that happened).
There's a strong HFN for Henry and Archie. I believed, it's their HEA, knowing they're always together since they're five.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

BOOK REVIEW : The Librarian's Rake by Z. Allora


Opposites might attract, but is acting on that attraction wise?

Librarian Tristan Cooper can’t steer clear of sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy Phillip—the man is hot—but Phillip is bound to find quiet, bookish Tristan boring, like all Tristan’s boyfriends. Tristan yearns to explore his wild side, the part of himself he’s only allowed into his fantasies, and maybe rakish Phillip is just what he needs to feel free.

Sexperienced hairdresser Phillip is more of a believer in happy endings than happily ever afters. Experience has taught him not to hope for more—until he meets sweet, vulnerable Tristan, who seems genuinely interested in his heart. But Phillip can’t trust enough to see himself as a man Tristan might want for more than a night.

With the help of a pair of matchmaking grandfathers, Tristan and Phillip might find the courage to step beyond their comfort zones and discover what has been missing from their lives….
The Librarian's Rake

The Librarian's Rake by Z. Allora
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a typical librarian story. Cute, geeky, adorkable.
And it's not easy to convince some geek that they're something worth waiting for, you know?
But when a librarian met a determined hairdresser, there's always hope.
I liked how much Phillip put effort to lure Tristan to open for him. And don't forget the two grandfathers! The effing matchmakers grandfathers and their conspiracy to bond their grandsons are cute.
This is a light enjoyable read. A type of book you need to read on weekend, and put a smile on your face at the end of the story. Entertaining and sweet, and I enjoyed this one.

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ARC REVIEW : Romance Redefined by S.J.D. Peterson


Opposites attract, but are some differences too drastic for a romance to survive?

On the surface, Benson Howard Winthrop III and Hugh Bayard have a lot in common: they’re young, handsome, and blessed to be one of the wealthiest couples in the country. Surely they have everything anyone could want. But Ben is no longer satisfied with their long-running relationship. Hugh’s need to control every situation is suffocating him, and Ben needs to know if he can make it on his own merits by following his passion.

But Ben’s mother isn’t about to let her son live in a rundown apartment as a struggling actor. She’s determined to get him back to his rightful place at the top of the social ladder—and back with Hugh.

Rekindling their romance will require more than doing what’s expected. Ben and Hugh need to understand and embrace each other’s differences. They’ll have to support each other even when one makes a decision the other doesn’t agree with. For their passionate love to grow, they will need to redefine the meaning of romance… only then can they find true happiness.

  Romance RedefinedRomance Redefined by S.J.D. Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It conflicted me whether I liked this or not, because, Lord...this is dragging me. Especially Ben's rejection and his inability to make decision, right until almost the end of the book. Ben irritated me a lot, but I don't know, I cannot hate him either, because he needed something he craved from Hugh that Hugh hard to tell. His past. His guilt.
But I can't hate this story, it happens in real life, you know?
Choices has to made, and Ben torn between his love to Hugh or open his heart to the new love Jason offered him.

Speaking of Jason, I think it's only fair that he could have his own story in the near future.
If I'm Ben, I'll probably chosen Jason already.
But love is the strangest thing, and mysterious. Just like what Gibran said, 'if love chosen you, follow it'.

This is a second chance love story, and also a love triangle. I usually hates love triangle story, but somehow, I survived this one, because Jason is so adorable. I have no problem with him. He's just a nice guy, in the wrong time of his life.

I finished it in one sitting, this is one of the rare book that I can stand to read without pause.
There's no extreme twist, just Ben and Hugh trying to redefined their love to each other, is it worth it or not to stay together for good, this time.
All they need is classic, talk. And talked they were.

* ARC provided by Dreamspinner Press for an honest and fair review.*

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

ARC REVIEW : The Long Way by May Archer



Sometimes the shortest distance between ruin and restoration, between lies and truth, is the long way.

Damon Fitzpatrick’s life is in ruins. Vilified as the pilot responsible for the plane crash that killed Levi and Charlotte Seaver, Damon lost everything – his reputation, his livelihood, his family, and his future. And Damon knows exactly who to blame - none other than powerful Senator Emmett Shaw, the criminal mastermind behind the crash. No matter how long it takes, Damon is determined to get justice, and to get his life back.

Cain Shaw is the poster child for success. As the young, rich, handsome son of a picture-perfect family and the face of his father’s conservative political campaign, he has a bright future ahead of him. But the senator has been hiding secrets that threaten to crack that flawless facade - secrets he’s killed to protect. Cain is determined to make sure no one else gets hurt, even if it means keeping his own long-held secret.

When Damon’s quest for justice goes awry, Cain becomes the older man's unlikely savior, and the two are thrown together in a hunt for evidence that will free them both. But as the road gets longer, the stakes get higher, and the danger that stalks them draws closer, they must find the strength to trust one another... because the one complication they can’t outrun is each other.

 The Long WayThe Long Way by May Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mystery, fast pace, insta-love, politics, all in one frame.
The first 8 percent mark I was adjusting and kinda dizzy reading the names, I didn't read the first book (I'll read about Cort and Cam after this, promise), so, there's some spoilers here and there. Please notice that you cannot read this as a stand alone, this is a continuation of the first book, different couple, but the mystery continues.

This is my first book of this author, after adjusting with the writing style, I'm good and I guess I'll read her other books in the future.
Damon and Cain came from a different root, moving in a same circle. But fate made them counting to each other to survive.
The mystery is half solved, the love grows, and I believe we'll read about impending love affair about Bas and Drew in the near future.
I also hope the mystery solved permanently, so the author can move on to write another series, perhaps? Because I want these boys to have their HEA.

* ARC is provided by the author for Lelyana's Book Blog.*

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