Thursday, 23 May 2019

BLOG POST AND ARC REVIEW : The Hate You Drink by N.R. Walker

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Erik Keston, son of the Keston Real Estate empire, knows what it takes to be successful. Despite his inherent wealth, he holds his own. He works hard, he’s grounded, he’s brilliant. He’s also secretly in love with his best friend.

Monroe Wellman lost his parents three years ago and never grieved, never recovered. Inheriting the family company and wealth means nothing, and his spiral of self-destruction is widespread and spectacular. Dubbed Sydney’s bad boy, he spends more days drunk than sober, and the only person who’s stuck by him through it all is his best mate.

But when Monroe hits rock bottom, Erik gives him an ultimatum, and his entire world comes to a grinding halt. It’s not until the haze lifts that Monroe can truly see what he’s been searching for was never in the bottom of a bottle. It’s been by his side all along.

An 80,000-word friends-to-lovers story about fighting the demons within and trusting in the love that takes its place.

“Because when all you drink is hate, that’s all there is inside you.”




The Hate You DrinkThe Hate You Drink by N.R. Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My personal trigger warning.
Had been living with an alcoholic for years. Wasn't a pretty years at all.
But can't deny Nr Walker ;/


At first, I tried to deny this book and didn't want to read Nic Walker's book for the first time. But the temptation was so strong, like an alcoholic I was, I was finally gave up and read the book, and I was hooked. I never used to like a doormat main character, but Erik stole my heart and I rooted for him.
I saw me in Saul, the therapist, his story almost similar as mine, backstory made us what we are now, a therapist for addicts.

This is not an easy story for me to read, because I knew what Erik's felt about it so well. The struggle, the sadness, the anger. While I was given up fight long time ago and never looked back, Erik didn't. Life is never a romance novel anyway. Good thing is, this book is the one I always wants romances.
A guaranteed HEA.
I loved the epilogue, that's all I asked for.

Personal note : if you or your partner struggle for addiction, find help. It helps. Trust me.

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Monday, 6 May 2019

ARC REVIEW : Broken Silence by Felice Stevens

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Justin Molina has secrets. He’s served his time but remains a prisoner of his past, unable to forgive himself for failing his family when they needed him most. Justin’s grief is overwhelming, but he keeps silent and focuses on his goals. About to graduate college, he tries to keep his head above water—no matter how many times life keeps knocking him down. When he’s forced to register for a poetry-writing class, Justin discovers putting words to his feelings might be exactly what his fractured heart needs to heal. Or is it the older professor with the bow ties and gentle smile who gives him a chance when no one else will?

Professor Foster Faraday Harding is a broken man. His divorce is final, and he’s reverted back to the safety of his books. Even his poetry no longer brings him joy; he’s sleepwalking through life. The raw emotion of Justin’s poetry awakens Foster to desires he thought long buried in the ashes of his marriage. When he discovers Justin is struggling financially, Foster offers him a solution that benefits both of them. Soon it’s Foster who’s struggling with emotions he can’t understand: Justin is his student. And a man. One crazy night years earlier doesn’t mean anything. Foster is straight.

After months of denying the growing attraction between them, an unexpected kiss changes everything. Justin and Foster are no longer only professor and student—they’ve become lovers, but the strain of hiding their relationship increases with each passing day. Words have the power not only to hurt but to heal the greatest pain. If Foster and Justin listen to what their hearts are saying, they might break through their silence and live their own love poems—together.





Broken SilenceBroken Silence by Felice Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Felice make it a habit breaking my heart with her stories. My first thought that this is a Professor - student story, should be sexy and steamy. But there are so much about Justin and Foster that I can relate to a real life.
It's hard not to give a spoiler about the story. Broken Silence mostly telling about Justin, the ex-con student who fell hard for his proper Professor in poetry class. Seventeen years senior his age.
Foster wasn't immune for Justin's sexy charm, but he was just got a bad divorced and not ready to start a relationship.
But when you feel it, you feel it, right?

Broken Silence is a sexy professor - student with loads of heart wrenching feeling about the two of them, and the struggle to move on from whatever baggage they carried in the past.

I really enjoyed their interaction, the dance they danced around each other, the pull and push, the denial, the tug of war about right or wrong. Until finally, they cannot lied to their heart anymore, and let everything put in place naturally.
I enjoyed Ross, Benny, Justin's parents, Foster's friends and the potential stories that I knew Felice won't let pass.
Cannot wait Benny and Gino's story, and Ross and his sudden attraction to nature (?) story in the near future!
Recommended!


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Blog Post and review : Made For You by Anyta Sunday




Series: Love & Family #2 Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published) Release Date (Print & Ebook): May 1st 2019 Subgenre: Contemporary gay romance, friends-to-lovers, age gap (May-December) Links: https://www.anytasunday.com/projects/made-for-you/ https://amzn.to/2XIAB0a


Book synopsis:

Ben wants to find a new home. Twenty-four-year-old Ben McCormick is the primary caregiver for his brother Milo after their parent’s death. A year into the job, he’s totally got the hang of it. Mostly. Sort of. Not at all? Defeated and thoroughly chastised for his lack in parenting skills at teacher-parent night, Ben slumps away with the resolve to finally get his life sorted: be a better role model, and sell their parents’ house for a fresh start. But first, he needs to spruce up his house to hit the market. He’s no DIY king, but Milo’s hot-as-hell woodwork teacher is… Jack wants an old home to fix.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jack Pecker is waiting for the home of his dreams to come on the market in the summer. What better way to wait the interim months than working on a small renovation gig? Only trouble is, the gig is for the McCormick brothers. And working in close quarters to red-haired Ben McCormick won’t be easy. Not with the attraction that simmers between them. Attraction Ben makes no effort to hide. But Jack’s professional. Dating a parent is highly discouraged at Kresley Intermediate, and he’d never cross the lines… Ben and Jack. Two guys searching for a home – a home that might just be where their hearts lead them. ~ - ~ -

~ Set in New Zealand, Made For You (Love & Family #2) is an MM gay romance featuring two guys at very different places in their lives – but both finding out they are looking for the same thing. Can be read as a standalone.

Tropes: friends-to-lovers, slow burn, age gap, found family Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance.

Teaser :

Ben: Where the hell is Block C?
I stall in the middle of a quiet quad, my stomach knotting, and unknotting, and knotting again. I’m already five minutes late, and I have no clue where I’m going. Like, I recognize half the buildings from when I went to Kresley Intermediate. The layout’s the same, but Block C? I didn’t even know there was a Block C. Jesus, and it’s quiet. Have I got the wrong evening? Or have all the other parents arrived on time like responsible adults? I breathe in a salty sea breeze and wish I were one of the seagulls circling overhead, that I could better find the block I’m meant to be in.
Mrs. Devon’s going to kick my ass. Unless she’s softened with age? Maybe she’ll cut me some slack when I explain my car stalled up the hill and I had to drive in neutral—and terror—all the way here. I can only hope. What was my best bet? The longer block of brightly painted buildings? Or the shorter, taller block? Looked like more lights were on in the taller block.
A path winds around a semi-cordoned off grassy-stretch, but I dash over the boggy grass. I’ll take every saved minute I can— My foot skids through a slick patch, and I’m whipped onto my ass with a wet, heavy slap. I brace my hands against the cold ground, weeds and sludge slurping between my fingers. With a shaky laugh, I push myself to my feet. Some days sure are tests of fortitude. “Shortcuts never end well.” I whirl around. A dozen yards away, a male figure is casually leaning over a ramp leading to the craft rooms. The setting sun behind the building makes it difficult to see much. I wipe the globs of mud from my good jeans. “You don’t say.”


 About Anyta Sunday:

A bit about me: I'm a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love. Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries. I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.

Connect with Anyta:

Author website: http://www.anytasunday.com/
Author newsletter signup: http://www.anytasunday.com/newsletter-free-e-book/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anytasundaybooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/anytasunday
Instagram: https://instagram.com/anytasunday BookBub: https://bookbub.com/authors/anyta-sunday Made for You (Love & Family #2)Made for You by Anyta Sunday
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The slow burn's killing me! But Ben and Jack are 'really' made for each other! With a materialistic eleven year old Milo who's addicted to fanta, Made for you is a funny, romantic, sexy story about family. Ben and Jack hand in hand, built their kind of family and a 'home' their way.
I adore this story so much, I adored Jack, Ben and Milo and how much Jack's patience drove this family to the right direction!
Made for You is one of Anyta Sunday's best, and has easily became my favorite of this author.
Read this book!



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Thursday, 2 May 2019

RELEASE BLITZ AND REVIEW TOUR : WOUNDED SOUL BY ANNABELLE JACOBS



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link - Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Universal Link: books2read.com/WoundedSoul

Length: 89,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Blurb

One night can change everything…

Jesse Sykes has lived far longer than his youthful appearance suggests. Becoming a vampire after tragedy struck seemed the only option when his soul was shattered, after all he’s no stranger to having to hide what he is from the rest of the world. But eternal life isn’t without problems or heartache.

With a good job and great friends, Ian Moreton’s life would be almost perfect—if only he wasn’t in love with his best friend. His feelings are unrequited, and in an effort to move on, he takes a chance on a one-night stand with the handsome stranger he meets in a bar.

Jesse knows the risks of becoming attached to a human, but with neither of them looking for anything serious, where’s the harm? At least, that’s what Jesse thinks until his chemistry with Ian proves off the charts.

A second hook-up solidifies their connection…and brings Jesse to his senses. He scrambles to protect Ian from danger, but it’s already too late. With Ian unwittingly drawn into a world he knows nothing about, events are set in motion that will change both of their lives forever, and it’s up to Jesse to steer them safely through it.






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.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AJacobs_fiction
Website – www.annabellejacobs.com
Email – ajacobsfiction@gmail.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ajacobsfiction


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Wounded SoulWounded Soul by Annabelle Jacobs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


..3,5.

I debated myself whether three or four, so I ended gave this one 3,5.
Jesse and Ian unquestionably adorable together, they hit it off from the get go, can't stop thinking about each other and a supposedly one night stand had become two, and there were when the real story begun.
I liked Ian and Jesse, but NOT Peter. I think he's the major reason I considered to low down the rating, just because he's the most unlikable character in this story.
I always avoided a love triangle in my reading as much as I can, and Wounded Soul is 'that' book.
While I felt a little uncomfortable , I had to continue the story.
I think this was an okay read and has so many potential to make me like it, but unfortunately there's something missing that I cannot point what it was.
I'll get back to you when (if) I'll find out what.


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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Release Blitz & Review Tour - Rebecca Cohen - Anthony, Earl of Crofton





Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Length: 66,000 words approx.

Blurb

A tale set in Stuart England, where the king’s life depends on his most loyal of subjects.

Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton, delights in his reputation as a charming rogue. Life is never quiet at the court of King James I, especially with his good friend and secret lover, Sebastian Hewel, by his side. As an actor with the celebrated King’s Men, Sebastian has his own admirers, but neither man has eyes for anyone else.

When a plot against His Majesty is uncovered it threatens Anthony and Sebastian’s charmed lives, and they are dragged into the political intrigue and the race to save the king from danger. Fear that a traitor is linked to the King's Men leaves Sebastian and Anthony with no choice but to stage a very public dissolution of their friendship, so Anthony can be free to be the patron of a new rising actor, and Sebastian can be the prodigy of another noble.

It is a dangerous game they are playing to expose the plotters and still find a way to meet in secret, as Anthony is adamant that they will not sacrifice the love they have fought so hard to win. They will do whatever it takes to protect the king’s life, and their commitment to each other.



Author Bio

REBECCA COHEN spends her days dreaming of a living in a Tudor manor house, or a Georgian mansion. Alas, the closest she comes to this is through her characters in her historical romance novels. She also dreams of intergalactic adventures and fantasy realms, but because she’s not yet got her space or dimensional travel plans finalised, she lives happily in leafy Hertfordshire, England, with her husband and young son. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and sloe gin with lemon tonic in the other.


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Anthony, Earl of CroftonAnthony, Earl of Crofton by Rebecca Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anthony, Earl of Crofton, I think is a prequel of the previous book Saving Crofton Hall. Also a kind of sequel to to The Crofton Chronicles (You need to read the series before digging in this one).
Anthony as charming as usual, and with Sebastian by his side, life should be easy with flowers and rainbow.
This is a new adventure in Anthony and Sebastian's life. There's drama (of course), but it was nice revisiting Anthony and Sebastian once again.
I enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. If you read The Crofton Chronicles already, you need to read this one.

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

ARC REVIEW : Snow of the White Hills by Wendy Rathbone

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A Gay Fairytale.

Once upon a time an imprisoned prince was rescued by seven beautiful men.

For two years, Prince Snow has been locked away in the palace tower. On the night Queen Serena decides to do away with him for good, seven beautiful men with equally tragic pasts appear out of nowhere to rescue him.

Starved for affection, hurt, and in fear for his life, Snow is shown attention and care he has never known. The seven men teach him what real loyalty and love can be.

Doc, their leader, will heal him.

Sleepy, the most devoted, offers to become his love until the end of days.

All yearn to fight to gain Snow his rightful throne.

But Snow cannot justify his new friends putting their lives on the line for him. His heart will break forever if anything happens to Sleepy. Maybe it would be better for all if he just left…

You will love Prince Snow, but you will fall in love with Sleepy!

M/M romance, non-magical fantasy, abduction, imprisonment, rescue, hurt/comfort, and a sweet love story with a happy ending!




 Snow of the White HillsSnow of the White Hills by Wendy Rathbone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fairytales, the actual roots of violence and abuse in this modern world. Name one fairytales that doesn't include mean characters. One. I don't remember. There's always abuse, kidnapping, attempted murder, and so on and so on.
Of course there are always cruelty in this world, fairytales, at least gave an option of HEA.
Snow of the White Hills, started with a gut wrenching opening of how much Snow suffered for something he cannot fight alone. The abusive step mother, the cruel Queen of all cruelest.
As you knew already, this is a twist based on Snow White, the gay version. And I think this is even harder to chew.
This book is a silent book, Snow with his seven knights, who were basically knew who he was from the beginning. Doing a boring life in their cave, and listening the gut wrenching stories of the seven men who saved him, wasn't a lighthearted one.
Snow is not a typical sweet adorable story like any other fairy tales, this is a harder one (in my opinion), sad, bitter, but at some point, also an uplifting tale.
But, I know that you'll fall for Snow and Sleepy, guaranteed!
If you like this kind of story, prepare for some twist and heartbreaking story.
Recommended read.

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About Wendy Rathhbone :

 Wendy Rathbone has had dozens of stories published in anthologies such as: Hot Blood, Writers of the Future (second place,) Bending the Landscape, Mutation Nation, A Darke Phantastique, and more. The book "Dreams of Decadence Presents: Wendy Rathbone and Tippi Blevins" contains a large collection of her vampire stories and poems. Over 500 of her poems have been published in various anthologies and magazines. She won first place in the Anamnesis Press poetry chapbook contest with her book "Scrying the River Styx." Her poems have been nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Rhysling award at least a dozen times.

Her recent books include:

"Pale Zenith," science fiction novel

"The Foundling," male/male romance novel

"None Can Hold the Dark," sequel to "The Foundling"

"The Secret Sharer," science fiction romance novella

"Unearthly," omnibus collection of 7 out-of-print poetry booklets

"The Vampire Diaries: The Myth," available from Kindle Worlds

"The Vampire Dairies: Deep In the Virginia Woods," available from Kindle Worlds

"My House Is Full Of Whispers," erotica short story collection

"Letters To An Android," science fiction novel

Upcoming very soon:

"Risque Science Fiction," short stories by Wendy Rathbone

"The Red Fountain, Where Vampires Come to Drink," short stories and poetry by Wendy Rathbone

Look for more novels and short story collections coming up in 2014.

She lives in Yucca Valley, CA with her partner of 32 years, Della Van Hise.

Release Blitz & Review Tour - Jay Northcote - Mud & Lace




Length: 240 pages

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Rainbow Place Series

Book #1 - Rainbow Place - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Safe Place - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Better Place - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

When Wicksy falls for drag queen Charlie, they discover that both sexuality and gender can be fluid.

Simon Wicks—Wicksy to his rugby teammates—has only ever been interested in women. But when he sets eyes on Lady Gogo, a drag queen who performs at Rainbow Place, he can’t stop thinking about her. He knows there’s a guy behind the fishnets and make-up, but he’s ready to explore his fantasies, and Lady Gogo is game for making them come true.

Charlie adores performing in drag. It allows him to indulge in his love of cross-dressing while earning some extra cash. Fooling around with a mostly straight guy in secret seems like a fun diversion, and gives him the chance to explore his feminine side. He feels safe wearing the mask of his confident alter ego, because the real Charlie is hidden from view.

When Wicksy sees more of the guy behind the make-up and glitter, his attraction to Charlie persists, and he realises he’s bisexual. In turn, Charlie begins to understand and accept his gender fluidity. As their mutual journey of self-discovery brings them closer, the secrecy becomes increasingly hard to deal with. If they’re going to have a future together, they both need to find the courage to show people who they really are.

Although this book is part of a linked series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.





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. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

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Mud & Lace (Rainbow Place, #4)Mud & Lace by Jay Northcote
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


In the earlier book, I was really curious about the drag queen in Seb's Rainbow Place, Lady Gogo. And also Wicksy, a very straight guy, who's only 'attracted' to women when it comes to date. But Lady Gogo is like, exaggerated version of femininity. So, it makes him extra straight, right?
Jay is the master of 'denial' in his stories, so yeah, I was kinda had to face Wicksy's denial when it comes to his attraction to Lady Gogo.
It's not only Wicksy, but Charlie also insecure about his side of his femininity, he covered it with being Lady Gogo once a month in Seb's place.
Two guys, struggled with their sexual orientation and preferences and Jay tells the story the way I liked it.
Light, but also with loads of feelings gave me teary eyes when I read it.
Mud & Lace was a very entertaining read, not just because I'm a sucker for this kind of story, but also, the way Jay portray the conflict and put the strong chemistry between Wicksy and Charlie.
Mud & lace has easily becomes my favorite of this series.
Well done, Jay!

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