Leah Sharelle-His Man

Leah Sharelle and her Wounded Souls guys were new to me, but they are definitely going to go in my MC rotation, and yes, there are times when I go on MC kicks, so I have collections set up on my Kindle so that I can read them when I want. It is a serial, but the books focus on different couples. The books are part of an overall storyline. His Man is a novella in the series, written because people wanted to know more about Ford, and really, I totally understand why, because Ford is freaking AWESOME.

Before I talk about Ford and Lucky, I need to talk about the real star of the book, Shiloh. She’s the Wounded Souls’ princess, and is 4 going on 21. She’s just a delight, and I really loved every interaction with her. I can’t wait to see her all grown up and to see her in her book.

Anyway, the majority of the Wounded Souls, or at least the base group, were in the same unit in the Australian armed forces, and they went through some shit, and it ended up with friends dead. While they were in the Sandbox, Ford and Bryce, AKA Lucky, had a secret relationship. Well, maybe not relationship so much as a series of encounters. Ford has always been out, and most of Bryce’s brothers in the MC know that he’s gay, but he’s closeted. And now that they’re both back and both in the same MC, there’s a lot of tension. You see, Lucky is engaged to a woman and is playing straight for his family, which is killing him and is hurting Ford so bad.

Like I said, I think that Ford is pretty awesome. He’s really comfortable with who he is. He is also the cool uncle to all the kids of the Wounded Souls, and they all love Fordy, because who wouldn’t? I’m back and forth on Lucky during this book. I think that most of my problem with him is the fact that he’s not comfortable with himself and he’s walking with a foot on each side of the line and it’s tearing him apart as well as a lot of other people. I don’t have problems with him for trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs, I have problems with the way that he is hurting people, I think. I don’t dislike him. I just don’t always like him, if you know what I mean. But Ford? Yeah, love him.

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I hated Ava and I loved it when Bryce finally told her off. She totally deserved it, and she might have deserved even more than what he said.

I loved the idea of Darth watching out for everyone from above. It’s really awesome, and he really wouldn’t want to leave Shiloh alone.

OK, that’s all for this one today. Go check out the whole series, it’s in KU, and find out why I love Shiloh and why I think Ford is teh awesome. Happy reading!

Claire Thompson-Perfect Cover

Over the next 3 or 4 weeks, I’m going to be putting up a lot of Claire Thompson books. Some will be MF, some will be MM, some will be kinky, others will be vanilla or vanilla-ish. Today we’re starting with Perfect Cover. This one is an MM vanilla-ish book. I’m calling it vanilla-ish because there is some light bondage, but nothing more than that. And now, on to the book.

Ryan has been working in the hospitality field, but was recently let go from his job. So when he hears that an all-inclusive paradise resort in the Caribbean is hiring, he’s all for it. When he’s interviewing for the seasonal position at Club Eros, he finds out that he’s basically being hired because he looks pretty in a speedo. His job is to be a gopher for the patrons of the resort. They all like to look at scantily clad pretty boys, as Club Eros is a resort for gays to come and celebrate and be comfortable with who they are. There’s all kinds of sex, both public and private, in couples and more-somes, vanilla or kinky. Pretty much if you want to have sex, there is at least one guy there who will be more than happy to help you with that. For Ryan, though, it’s a real worry. You see, Ryan is straight, and he’s going to have to stay in the closet and pretend to be gay while he’s there. Ryan figures that he can do that, but he doesn’t figure on the patrons and other employees.

Sean is a full-time employee and lives at the resort in a lovely little bungalow. Most of the time he has it to himself, but during the season, he has to have a roommate. This year, his roommate is Ryan. When Sean first sees Ryan, he falls into immediate lust with him, but he keeps telling himself to not do anything, he’s waiting for his one true love to come along. He’s not into casual hookups and random parties anymore, so he mostly stays to himself. He’s a true romantic. Then, he finds out Ryan’s secret and decides that he’s going to help Ryan. He and Ryan pretend to be a couple, which pretty much keeps everyone off Ryan.

At its heart, I think that this story is really about finding out who you are and being happy with that person. Ryan goes on quite a journey. There are some times when I really didn’t like him all that much. He gets surprised by some of the things that the patrons and other employees do to him, but I was like dude, get over yourself, this is stuff that gays have been dealing with in the real world, so just think. There were a few episodes of what I thought was toxic-ish masculinity, but Ryan really did grow and change, and Sean had everything to do with that. It made Ryan a much better person. Claire writes such thoughtful stories, with a lot of depth and layers, which make you think.

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One of the places I didn’t think that Ryan needed to get over himself was when the massage happened or what happened with his boss. Those things pissed me off quite a bit. His boss valued friendship over what he had seen of Ryan and his character. That was so, so, so wrong. And I would hope that the other dude got all kinds of terrible consequences. He needed them. He needed a lot of them.

I also didn’t like Ryan’s dad. His family culture, in general, was highly stressful, but the way that his father pushed him and devalued what Ryan did and what he was choosing to do in his life really annoyed the hell out of me.

Anyway, that’s the first of Claire’s books to show up on my blog over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more. Go check it out. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Angelo

If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you know that I love Loki Renard, that tricksy fox. And, you know that I love her House of Vitali books. I think Angelo is a simply marvelous character. He’s devious, deviant, twisted, tricky, sly, and convoluted. But, we’ve never gotten a lot of his backstory. I mean, something had to turn Angelo into the Angelo we know and love. You aren’t just born that convoluted, at least I don’t think so. But now, Loki has gifted us with Angelo:Making a Monster.

Bobby and Angelo are… well, they are being Bobby and Angelo. Bobby is falling in love with Angelo, you know, as one does. And he wants to know more about his lover. Of course, we know Angelo. he doesn’t want anyone to love him. He wants them all to be afraid of him. Bobby, being Bobby, won’t let anything drop and keeps asking Angelo questions about his past. Angelo, being Angelo, finds a way to stop him from asking questions, but of course, it pisses off Mark.

The story switches between current time and flashbacks. We get to see Angelo’s history through his eyes, as it’s happening to him, instead of him telling Bobby or Mark about it, which you know he would filter and skew. I found his history to be fascinating, and I really want to know about it.

And as always, when it comes to Angelo, you know, he has so many plans on top of plans on top of plans. He always knows how Bobby and Mark are going to act. Always. But here’s my latest question about Angelo. Does he know what they are going to do because he forces them to do it? Because if he does action A he knows that Bobby is going to do action B, which is usually try to kill Angelo? Or does he take into account their personalities and act in a way that if he does something he can predict the most likely action that they will take? We already know that he has plan A-ZZZ set up so that he is ready for anything and everything. There’s no way to trip him up, really. He’s just so damn twisty.

I love Angelo. He’s one of my favorite characters. I’d count him as a book boyfriend, but I’m pretty sure I don’t have the parts that he’s looking for, and well, frankly, I’ve seen what he does to his lovers.

There are no spoilers today because it’s a short read and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. Hit up the Zon and check it out. Happy reading!

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Loki Renard-Taken Boy

So, you remember the last couple of Loki Renard books that I posted, Shamefully Broken and Broken Boy? Well, Taken Boy is another one in that world. It’s related to them, but you really don’t see Ellie or Aiden or any overlapping events, except for at the very beginning.

As a refresher, let’s go over what’s been happening. In SB, Ellie went to Mason, her brother Aiden’s best friend, and asked him to help out Aiden and get him out of trouble. Mason said that he would, as long as she agreed to be his. Well, after calling him a perv, she stomped away, but when Mason saved her life, she ended up going home with him and being his. Mason arranged for Aiden to be safe.

In BB, Aiden is being protected by two of Mason’s guys. They are both Dom-ly types, and Aiden, well, he likes it a lot. He gets protected by his Daddy and his Dom, and the bad guy, Bobby Cornoli can’t get at him.

In TB, we have Bobby’s story. Bobby is 22 and thinks that he’s on top of the world. He thinks that he’s all that and a bag of chips. The biggest problem is that he’s 22 and thinks he’s invulnerable and that he’s a bigger threat that he really is. Mason was really, really, really pissed that Bobby tried to touch Elliot. That was a major goof. And when Mason gets pissed, he gets even. In fact, he gets more than even. When it comes to his girl, he’ll go nuclear. And that’s exactly what he decided to do to Bobby.

Mason arranges for Angelo Vitalli, who really is in the Mob and who really is all that plus the giant bag of chips, to take Bobby. His job is to break Bobby, by whatever way possible, and leave him with absolutely nothing. When Angelo first sees Bobby, he gets ideas. Wicked, dirty, obscene ideas. Ideas that Bobby is going to find painful. In fact, in the first few minutes that Angelo has Bobby, he canes him but good. You would think that Bobby wouldn’t like that, but…

So, this is a pretty quick read. It’s also pretty filthy. But, filthy in such a good way. Angelo is hardcore. He’s pretty much a hardcore sadist, IMO. He likes to break men, and Bobby is actually perfect for him. Angelo is also very smart, and he puts that to work. This is a nice companion piece to the other books. It’s a standalone, so you don’t have to have read them to know what’s going on in this book. Its action is mostly isolated from the other two books, except for in the beginning.

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OK, I thought that Bobby was an asshole a good deal of the time, and he thought that he was a whole lot more than he was. I have a 22 year old son, and 22 year old young men are often assholes and think that they are more than they are. At 22, you’re still growing up. Even though Bobby has been working the streets for a while, the fact is that his brain hasn’t quite finished developing, which science says happens around age 25, so he doesn’t always make the best decisions. His whole reasoning behind going after Aiden just shows that.

There is one time when I feel really bad for Bobby. That’s after he makes a move that Angelo knew would happen. That time period made me feel sorry for him. Of course, I think that time was good for him, even if it was hard.

Ok, that’s all I have to say today. It’s only $2.99 right now on and is on KU on the Zon, so go check it out. Happy reading!

Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology

I have a real treat for my MM lovers out here today. And yes, I meant in any way you want to take it. Today I’m sharing a beautiful anthology from several really talented authors who write MM romance. Heart2Heart is more than just a bunch of great stories though. It’s also a charity anthology, which means that proceeds are going to the LGBTQ+ charities of the authors’ choice. Awesome, right? So, not only are you getting a bunch of really lovely stories, you are going to help out some great charities, but stop reading this right now and go buy it.

Anyway, this book has an interesting setup. A couple of months ago, several MM authors asked for interesting and unexpected couple combinations. You know, like a sommelier and a criminal, or a lawyer and a lobsterman. Then 9 of the combinations were chosen, and the anthology was born. The premise is that all of the guys either signed up or were signed up by well-meaning friends and family for a dating app called Heart2Heart. They were running a Valentine’s Day special that offered a free dinner. The matches were supposed to be guaranteed love matches. The algorithms and coding were supposed to match you with the person who would be perfect for you. Except… It would be boring if it happened that way, wouldn’t it? There’s a glitch in the coding and the matches went all wonky. But, as this is a Valentine’s Day offering, you know that they are all HEAs, so you know that something good is going to come out of all the wonkiness.

I’m not going to review each and every one, mostly because I want you to go out and buy this book. Plus, the stories are all pretty short. There are funny stories and there are more serious stories. The one thing they all have in common is that they are full of true love and hot sex. I do have a couple of favorite combos, and I mentioned them above. You don’t think that these guys would possibly fit together, but they do, and it’s awesome. So, go check it out.

No spoilers today, but here’s a bouquet of roses. I hope that you have great plans for V-Day, no matter what you are planning on doing. Me, I celebrate 1/2-price Chocolate Day Eve on 2/14.

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JD Chambers-Only See You

JD Chambers has written a beautiful book that I think is one of the best ones I’ve ever read. I hope that when I am done, you think so too.

Only See You is the second book in JD’s Only Colorado series. One of the main characters in this book is Mal. Mal is one of my favorite characters ever. I’d want them to be my book partner, but I don’t have the plumbing that they are interested in. So, maybe my book friend. Mal is a non-binary character. That means that they don’t identify as either male or female. He/she pronouns would be misgendering to them, the appropriate pronouns are they/them. Gender is what’s in your head and isn’t an either/or choice. There is a whole fluidity and spectrum when it comes to gender. It’s a whole tangled mess, and I’m definitely not going to be untangling it here. Suffice it to say that Mal knows who they are, what they want, and is happy that way.

We first met Mal in the first book. They are a friend of Craig. When Craig asks them to help he and Zach move, Mal agrees because they are hoping to see Zach’s hot roommate. But, roommate hottie wasn’t there. Mal figures it was a wasted trip, right until they see Parker, Zach’s hot cousin.

Parker has been staying Zach while he gets his life back under control. He is in the process of divorcing his bitch of a wife, whom he had finally had enough of. She was always an evil nasty person, but Parker just kind of went along with it. He didn’t agree with what she was saying, but he didn’t stop her from saying it. That is, right until she accused Zach and Craig of causing her miscarriage, after using Zach quite terribly.

Parker can’t get Mal out of his head. Parker knows he’s straight, he was married to a woman after all. But that doesn’t mean that he’s not attracted to Mal. They seem to have taken up permanent residence in his head. When Mal goes out on a date with Ben, roommate hottie, it doesn’t work out well. But Parker is there when they get back, and Mal and Parker get real up close and personal, which is when Parker really starts wondering about himself. Maybe he’s not as straight as he thinks he is. But what does that mean about who he is and his entire identity?

This book. Wow. It’s all about discovery and exploration. It’s about finding out your truth and living it. Parker learns that what his truth is at 8 doesn’t mean it’s the same at 18 or 28. Who you are changes over your lifetime as you mature and as you experience life. You aren’t an immovable and unchangeable¬†stone. What’s important is that you figure out who you are, no matter how long it takes, and that you live your truth, no matter what it is. I also think that it’s great that we are seeing more queer representation in romance and that it’s becoming more mainstream. Representation is always important. Everyone wants to read books or watch movies that have someone like them in it. I applaud JD for the choice of Mal and for how well Mal is handled in the book. One of the things I like best is that Parker asks Mal if it’s OK to ask them questions for a better understanding, and then shows that he had done some research into the matter. Good on Parker.

OK, here’s my picture of what Mal looks like in my head, minus the facial hair. This person is just beautiful though. I love their eyes.

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I’m glad that the nasty ex gets hers, because damn. If I could’ve walked into that book and smacked the holy hell out of her, I so totally would’ve.

Mal is so good to Parker’s mom when they and Parker go visit. They really help Parker to come to grips with a difficult situation and one that could be heart-breaking too. They also helped Parker make up his mind about all his decisions. I think that the pair of them are perfect together and I hope that they are together forever.

I can’t wait for the next one to come out.

Kate Hawthorne-His Kind of Love

Kate Hawthorne is a brand new to me author. She’s written an MM book. Remember, MM means two guys in the relationship. It’s very, very hot. His Kind of Love is an interesting book.

I have to admit that even after having read this book, it took me some time to figure out my feelings about it. I like it, I like Joel, but Gabriel… He’s a whole different story. I kind of like him sometimes, kind of hate him other times. I’ve read other books that have people doing things similar to Gabriel. K. Webster has a good one, Notice, but there is something different with this one, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe part of it is that HKoL is Kate’s first book, and it takes some time to come into your own, and K’s book isn’t her first one. Whatever it is, there is something there. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like the story. I do. It just took me a little bit of time to unpack and process.

Joel is a 19 year old man. He’s been kicked out of the bosom of his family because he’s gay. He doesn’t date much, and he doesn’t have a lot of friends outside of his very best friend, Athena. Athena is a pretty awesome character in her own right, and I would love to see more of her in other books. She seemed pretty cool. Joel works at a second-hand bookstore, loves old books, old records, and haunting estate sales. He collects old family Bibles and is looking for someone who will treat him with precious care and cherish him.

Gabriel is much older. He is also estranged from his family. He’s a lawyer and is very successful at his job. He has one hobby, Joel. Everything he does, he does for Joel. Every.thing. When Joel runs into trouble, Gabriel has maneuvered¬†himself so that he is right there to pick up Joel and save him.

OK, here’s where we part. This book has some dark themes to it. I’m pretty sure after reading the last paragraph, you can pretty much guess what they are. There is also a taboo line that Kate skates up to, but doesn’t quite go over the edge, at least, depending on how you look at it. Go check out the story. It’s on KU right now, or you can buy it for $0.99 and support a first-time author on her debut book.

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OK, I’m just going to come right out and say it, Gabriel is creepy. And he’s a kind of a dickbag sometimes. But, he does everything he’s doing out of a place of love for Joel. Joel can forgive him, but does that mean that he was justified? And, when Joel gets pissed af at Gabriel, I think he chooses the wrong thing to get pissed about, IMO. He needed to kick Gabriel’s arse a little harder over that part.

The taboo thing is kind of a popular trope in taboo romance, but does it really count if they had no kind of contact prior to the relationship they found themselves in? I don’t find that one to be all that much of a problem, overall.

I have no problems at all with the ending. I just kind of wish that Gabriel seemed a little more remorseful. I dunno, that may not be the word I want. And he does realize at some point that what he was doing was fucked up, and on the crazy side. But… Something, I dunno.

Overall, I like the story. I know that it may sound like I’m running it down but I’m really not. It just makes me analyze things, which is good. It’s a sign of a well-written book, IMO.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. There’s going to be another blog post later, so watch out for that. Meanwhile, happy reading!