Dragon’s Heat

Originally posted @BMBR

2 Stars

I’ve expended enough brain power trying to figure out how to start this review and every time I come back to same thought.

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I had to keep checking the book info just to make sure it wasn’t listed as a shifter parody. My enjoyment might have gone up a smidgen if it was. My first thought was that it’s silly and cartoonish which is disappointing as I’m a fan of the alpha-shifter-growly-fated mate vibe. I think the intention was the latter based on the synopsis, but it wasn’t executed properly. Not even a little bit.

I’m hoping you guys have read the synopsis so I can go ahead and make my case for its immediate citizenship approval to WTF-ville.

Exhibit A:
When Dirk catches a whiff of Jon and immediately realizes it’s his fated mate, he runs the other way (against his dragon’s wishes) because there is zero chance he would mate with a lowly dog.

Exhibit B: Dirk and his dragon were practically written as two separate beings that shared the same body. They had actual conversations about vacation spots, cuddling, etc… I get more of a Pete’s Dragon (circa 1977) than a fiery alpha “proudest of all shifters” feel.

”We should take him on holiday and lavish lots of attention on him until he knows better; somewhere with lots of sun.”

”Ooh, our mate is soooo smart.”

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Exhibit C: Dirk dream-walks with his dragon to talk some sense into him. Dirk doesn’t want to claim his mate so he tries to reason with his dragon in hopes it will stop putting him in mating heat. The dragon disagrees with the decision and removes himself until Dirk changes his ways.

“Fine. I will stop it. In fact, you won’t notice me at all.”

Exhibit D: Dirk comes up with a plan to use his mate for personal gain (again, bizarro world) which doesn’t work. Once Dirk has been tortured enough by his own dragon, his dragon breaks free to find and claim Jon. Of course Jon forgives instantly, they find a little motel to have sex, get their claiming marks and are talking about adopting within hours.

Exhibit E: Lets not forget the soap opera drama with crazy dads, brothers, cousins, trapping into marriage, pregnant but not yours, attempted murders, embezzlement, getting shot but instead of checking your mate right away you have rational conversations with the two men who aided in the crazy. Around 50% I thought the book was wrapping up due to all the craziness getting resolved that I had to check the menu to see if another book was starting. Not to worry, more boarded the crazy train soon after and kept on going.

Exhibit F: After the claiming, Jon the dog shifter is now able to shoot flames out of HIS FINGERS.

Exhibit G: Dirk’s brother challenges him with the intention of becoming head of the company/clan. This is where both dragon forms come out and they fight. But when they got to the challenge, Byron’s dragon wouldn’t come out to play because he didn’t like the way Byron was treating him. Then, and I can’t make this shit up…

Exhibit H: Byron’s dragon spirit left his body. A little blue dragon spirit FLOATED up and refused to come back until their “human” changed its attitude.

“’You belong in me, dragon. Get your ass over here so I can fight my brother,’ he yelled, flapping his arms around, which when naked is never a good look.”

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Exhibit I: Dirk brings Jon to see his hoard and then they play in the piles of gold and gems.

“Count it. Roll in it. Add to it. Play with it.” Dirk stepped out of his pants and Jon swallowed his drool. “It’s fun. Watch.”

This one I could understand. If I was loaded, I’d probably wanna roll around in my money every once in a while too. *shrug*

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There are more exhibits of evidence but the defense rests and I hope by now you understand why I’ve granted this book its WTF-ville citizenship card.

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When I read shifter books I know I’m going to have to forgive more than I would in regular romance. I can overlook a lot and just pass off the ridiculousness as a mates thing. But this. Can’t recommended this one.

 

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Call Me by Your Name

Is giving it Infinite stars a thing?

I hated it.

I absolutely fucking loved it.

My heart broke.

My heart soared.

It broken again…

My heart will never fully be set free from the summer love affair between Elio and Oliver. The obsession and love. The way they talked without words. The way they said nothing which was really everything. It was an epic love. The heart of hearts. It was as pure as it was twisted.

It was captivating.

It was enraging.

The writing was beautiful. Lyrical. It drew me in like a siren call that kept me begging for more. More pretending. More silent talks. More touching. More of anything because that would mean there was something. I wanted to be with them in Italy. They had a summer in paradise while being in “heaven” every day. Together.

The narration was amazing. Armie Hammer brought these men to life and forced me to become even more invested than I already was. The cold shoulders and desperation. The longing and obsession was that much more when I switched to audio.

This was the first time in a while that a book wrecked me and forced me to step back for a couple of days. I try to stay away from books that don’t offer the promise of a HEA/HFN but I had to try this. I’m mad I read it. I’m also SO glad I read it. Thank you to my buddy reader, Cupcake for the moral support.

Definitely recommended.

P.S. Anyone craving some peaches? #Hangry

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Length: 22,000 words approx
 
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Blurb
 

Ace and Gavin haven’t had a threesome in far too long. When Ace meets the perfect guy to join them, he can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season.

Jonathan is charmed by the sexy couple, and he quickly realizes that what started as a fling has the potential to be a whole lot more.

Gavin feels their connection just as strongly, but even after weeks of the three of them hanging out, he’s afraid to suggest they turn their friends-with-benefits arrangement into a serious relationship.

The joy and shared experiences of the season have a way of making magic happen, if only all three men could find the courage to ask for what they want.

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Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia’s stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.

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Bleeding Like Me Released Nov 21st

 

 

Blurb:

Being gay in their neighborhood is perilous. Being gay in a street gang is unheard of. Being gay and in love with a man in a rival gang is a death wish. Through drug addiction, brutality, and seemingly endless peril, they remain; finding stability within each other that shouldn’t exist in their volatile world.
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Excerpt:

He didn’t paint people; the curves of their bodies and angles of their faces never interested him as much as cityscapes. The circumstances of his life had compelled him to create new worlds that he could get lost in rather than reflect the features of the people he ran from. He constructed buildings from their foundations, making them taller and stronger than he was. He adorned the edifices with countless windows, always left open or cracked so hope could pour in and fears could seep out. Tree lined streets reminded him how to breathe, pumping oxygen through the atmosphere, off the canvas, and into his lungs.

He didn’t paint people until the day he no longer desired the anonymity of his cities. The streets didn’t feel like his escape anymore, not like him. Cerulean skies gave way to pale blue eyes and bus routes to pink pouts. Evan didn’t paint people until he painted Jackson.

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Wolfsong

5 Stars

Joe. Ox. The Bennetts. Pack.

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I LOVE this book to pieces. I could read it over and over and probably never get bored. Alright, maybe that’s a bit cheesy but my love knows no bounds. I’ve been meaning to do a reread and decided to do an audio “read” instead. This is a super heavy read mixed with much joy, hope, and humor. Joe and Ox just make me happy whether it’s candy canes, and epic, and awesome or walking into walls when Ox’s attractions become fully realized. I love the pure love they have for each other that started in its simplest form and grew into something impossibly beautiful.

I’m not sure why I didn’t write a full review for this when I initially read it but I’ll skip out on that now since there have been some amazing reviews already written.

This was narrated by Kirt Graves. When I listened to the sample, I was hesitant. Sometimes you dig a voice, sometimes you don’t and I didn’t when I heard the sample. I was worried because this is an 18+ hour book and that’s practically marriage proposal level commitment and I almost became a runaway bride. But, I decided to give it a shot because I needed more Joe and Ox in my life and I’m really glad I did. The voice grew on me pretty quickly. The voice of Joe as a young boy is exactly how I imagined it when he first ran into Ox. The sweetness, wonder, and awe of Joe’s feels for Ox came through in this narration. The 18+ hours flew by, I’m practically married to Kirk Graves at this point, and I got to spend time with Joe and Ox. *wink*

In lieu of wedding gifts, the bride and groom(I’ll speak for him) recommend that you listen to the audio. (Yep, can’t hide my crazy)

Obviously recommended.

Three Under the Christmas Tree

2 Stars

Uhhhhmmmmmmm.

*cue porn music*

Ok, much better. Now the proper mood is set because this was straight up porny-land. I’m talking sex, sex, more sex, teeny bit of OTT drama, sex, sex, lack of communication, and didn’t I mention sex? The time it took the established couple to say “hello, nice to meet you,” to being at their house with the third, picturing a life together, and them being naked took less time than my one-click finger with an Amazon gift card.

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Ace decides that the perfect gift for Gavin this holiday season is to add a third to their already open relationship. It’s been a while since they had a party of three and Ace found Jonathan on Grindr. As I mentioned before, the meet went very well and Jonathan was picturing domesticated bliss while fucking Gavin’s face, faster than the speed of light.

Jonathan has insecurities from being a third in the past. The couples he had been with before had always just been looking for a good time or a one-off. These insecurities creep up again as the trio try to navigate their wants and needs. Communication becomes a huge issue for all three. But who needs communication when you’re otherwise delightfully occupied? No one because everything was just perrrrrrrrrfect. Jonathan was perfect. The fit was perfect, perfect, perfect. Not really but the term was used enough to try and sell it. *sigh*

I started perking up at the mention of Gavin’s submissive nature, restraints, spanking, etc… But, it didn’t live up to the hype. Felt like vanilla ice cream trying to pass off as rocky road. #kinkfail *sad face*

I’ve read this author recently and really dug it. But this one fell short. Yes, there were moments of heat and a HEA. But, for the most part it was cheesy. A cheesy sex fest.

If I’m gonna be teased with rocky road, don’t give me plain vanilla. At least make it french vanilla. If I’m gonna read porn, I want it to be hot.

Copy provided for honest review.

Fragile Ground

4 Stars

Whew! Color me happy and surprised. This was an enjoyable read plus it’s a debut novel. *Shocked face* It wasn’t perfect but I really liked it.

“Fucking retrograde amnesia.”

Poor Olivier. He wakes up after a car accident with the past two years of his memories gone. He is covered in tattoos, apparently all the way out of the closet, lives on the West coast and there is this guy/roommate that is tending to his every need and he doesn’t understand why.

Auriel is the love of Olivier’s life. But, now he is the guy Olivier doesn’t remember. Their love story, their chemistry, their connection, their romance; all of it’s gone and Auriel is subjected to playing an overcaring roommate while Olivier adjusts to his new life.

It’s a very bumpy and emotional journey as Olivier and Auriel find a way to let each other go and then in turn, find their way back. Auriel’s love for Olivier is beautiful as he tends to Olivier and then gives him what he needs, even when it’s breaking his heart and smashing it to pieces.

“I’m sorry… For forgetting you. For not knowing how to love you.”

Auriel and Olivier walk on fragile ground to get to…well, a place that they can find each other and love again in spite of their circumstances; even if it isn’t the same as it was before. They do find their way to a HEA but I was even more delighted that it wasn’t all wrapped up in a shiny bow.

As I said above, it wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows in this debut. My first little niggle is that we didn’t know much about what happened to Olivier. They didn’t really talk about the accident, it wasn’t mentioned besides an in passing car accident and a couple text messages asking where he was. If I hadn’t read the synopsis, I wouldn’t have understood what actually led to this brain injury until about 20%. Which is fine but I wouldn’t have complained to have a bit more information as the story progressed.

My next issue was more of a something is missing feeling. From Olivier’s letting Auriel go phase to their back together phase, something was missing. Olivier didn’t do much soul searching for someone who had zero memory and the jump in feelings wasn’t fully realized when they were back together so suddenly. I will say that after this coming together, they did work things through and it became much less disjointed.

I really enjoyed this book and will look forward to more from this new author. The writing style was easy to digest and although the amnesia trope has been done many times before, this was interesting and not the status quo. The growth each man made was evident and their connection became believable. Definitely recommended.

“Our experiences, our choices; these are not only demonstrations of who we are… they are the things that make us who we truly are.”

 

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Us (Him #2)

 

Updated after Audio Book
4.5 Stars
Soooooooo, I’m in love. Yep, I’m in love with the narrators (Jacob Morgan and Teddy Hamilton) for this series. This was a book that I struggled with when I first read it. I didn’t understand why there was all this “unnecessary” drama. I know, I know. *smh* I’m sure your thinking suck it up buttercup. You would be right. I’m bumping up my star rating after listening to this while driving over the past 2 weeks. I’ve apparently matured in my thinking since the beginning of this year when I first read this. I realize now that sometimes you gain a better appreciation for the characters to see how they react to each other when life’s not perfect. It doesn’t mean I want all my books to have a second title full of shit storms; Just that I can appreciate the growth that comes from them.

Great job narrators!!
Great job Wesmie!!
I love you Blakey!!

 

Original Review:
3.5 stars
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Ok, that may be a tad dramatic. But the sentiment remains. I really struggled with this book. Before I give the low down I want to provide a warning… I was very hesitant to read this. Typically, I stay far away from series that keep the same MCs when the previous book(s) end in HEAs. I feel tricked. I left off one book thinking everything was rainbows and unicorns and then wait for it…it’s not…WTF? Drama for dramas sake isn’t all that appealing to me. I think in this case, it was the way to introduce Blake. Why couldn’t there have been a novella introducing Blake without 350 pages of Drama with a capital D? Max Monroe, author of the Billionaire series does a decent job of using a novella to set the stage for the next book. Alright, I’ll stop this bitchfest and move on to the book.

I LOVE Jamie and Wes. Well, I LOVED them hard in the first book. Jamie got on my nerves in this book. I thought they had such a great relationship and then it all went to hell in this one. Lack of communicating aside, the hang ups about coats, unpacked bags, money, helping when sick, etc… *bangs head on kindle* it was all too much. Then there were other moments where I was smiling like a cheeseball because it was like the “old” Jamie and Wes returned and all was right with the world.

Let’s talk about Blake. BLAKE!!!!!! *lights shine down from heaven* I seriously loved him. I would have been totally on board with some Blake/Wes/Jamie hot guy lovin’… ok, probably not. But I have a new book boyfriend and this time I have a chance because he likes girl parts.

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It’s probably best I stop pining after Wes anyway. Blake provided awesome comedic relief in the midst of the shitstorm. He was also an amazing friend to both guys and smoothed the transition a little for Wes’ coming out.

On one hand I felt like I needed a freakin’ gold star for making it through that drama. On the other, I loved the moments where they were actually themselves without all the crap. ANDDDD… we got Blake. I’m not sure if I would recommend this book. I’ll reassess after I read Blakes book. I can’t imagine it can go bad with “Blakeisms” like “The best defense is a great offense” when eating sheep.

*mic drop*

Out

Reviewed for @BMBR

2.5 Stars

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Hello, dissenting opinion coming your way. This book didn’t work for *me* but there are a TON of other people who are squeeing over it. I had to channel my inner Dory to get through it. Just keep swimming. Since this wasn’t my jam, I swam like a boss to get to the end and came away feeling meh.

Zach, one of the MCs had been raising his brother long before he got custody at age 18. Having to grow up before his time, he is now a 27 year old that’s questioning his sexual identity. Zach decides that he can do this in Los Angeles under the guise of contacting the uncle of his brother’s best-friend(Ty) while he’s there. Ty is acting like a rich brat and Zach wants his uncle to come knock some sense into him. When Zach arrives in L.A. to meet with Ty’s uncle, he was expecting an old, uptight, suited business man. What he got was Henry, rocking his flip flops, cargos, and a drool worthy body. Ty who?

Henry is a 46 year old book store owner that became estranged from his parents after coming out. After the death of his brother and sister-in-law, Henry was awarded full custody of his nephew, Ty. However, for various reasons, Ty lives with his grandparents. Henry desperately wants a relationship with Ty and is grateful for Zach’s intervention.

Soooo, what didn’t work for me?

Zach. Zach didn’t work for me. The book was written strictly in his POV and I didn’t connect with him. He seemed childish most of the time with some maturity splashed in on occasion. There were many situations I had to toss up to his newfound sexual exploration or I’d have a headache. Henry wasn’t all roses either but he had some redeeming qualities that didn’t put me off completely. There was an insta-loveish connection without actually saying the words right away. I’m talking about the stage 10 clinger, no-condoms-needed-I’m-clean-and-I-trust-you-you’re-the-one, fast connection.

What else?

Everything seemed over the top and juvenile for 27 and 46 year old men. After discussing this with a fellow reader, apparently these situations were supposed to be funny. But, to me they fell flat. As a pancake. I may have appreciated the “humor” more if I had Henry’s POV where not everything was so dramatic. Zach wanted to be seen as a grown man that could make his own decisions; but that was contradictory to his thoughts, words, actions and reactions to others.

Another point of frustration was the writing style. We were told everything. Inferencing is a thing. But I felt like I sat through a 299 page lecture on insta-love, brunch and the L.A. scene. Telling, not showing + Zach = Sadface

Just Keep Swimming.

There were some odd additions to the story like Joseph, the return of Martin’s ex, and a situation at the corner store that didn’t add anything except more OTT drama IMO. By time I hit the Martin’s ex debacle, I was already over it and the supposed humor was flyin’ right by me.

Just Keep Swimming.

What worked for me?
I loved Martin “the queen” and Zach’s grandmother, Nan. They were both fun characters. Martin was fierce and had a great sense of humor. Sometimes OTT works and other times it doesn’t. Martin, Nan and their over the topness worked for me. Nan is everything I hope to be in 50 years; snarky, completely inappropriate, forever young, and loads of unconditional love to offer.

I also liked the premise that an older (not a teen) male decides to explore the questions he has about his sexuality instead of just sticking with the status quo of the previous 27 years. IMO, this story could have held up on that plot point alone without the minor role the Ty/Henry storyline ended up playing.

I wish I felt more of a connection. I also wish there was a dual POV to lessen the blow of Zach’s personality. Zach found answers about his sexuality and he got his HEA with Henry. *shrug* I’d recommend this book based on the fact that I’m in the minority with my feels and hope it’s a different reading experience for you.

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The Valet

Warning…This book contains LOTS of sex. Could it be deemed gratuitous? Yep. Did I mind? Not at all. For some reason, this historical porny-land didn’t grate on my brain like a book driven by sex typically would. So yep, lots of sex. You’ve been warned.

4 Stars

Reviewed for @BMBR

Well well well, this one took me completely by surprise. How is this S.J. Foxx’s debut novel? Bravo S.J. Foxx, Bravo! I know this isn’t a surprise anymore but I LOVE historical M/M romance. Regency era is my preferred but I dig 1920s and older. I say all that because I’m a picky bitch about them and I really enjoyed this. It was engaging, well written, entertaining, endearing, and hot AF. Two words… feather. duster. I’ll let that sink in while I give you the run down.

Hugo is a spoiled rich kid at 20 years old that was found in bed with another man’s wife (Don’t worry, he’s a big fan of the peen). After bringing shame to the family name, he gets shipped off to his dear ol’ Aunt and Uncle in England. If he doesn’t straighten up his act over the next year, he’ll lose his inheritance and be cut off. Hugo is whiny and self-destructive when given any opportunity. After arriving at Finchley Hall, he meets Sebastian, who soon becomes his valet. Hugo notices right away the mischievous smiles and wicked gleam in Sebastian’s eyes after every encounter and quickly becomes enamored. After Sebastian finds evidence of Hugo’s preferences, he wastes no time in providing creative ways to pass the hours.

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Yes, Let’s.

Sebastian was fucking awesome. He was cheeky, rebellious, assertive, dominant, sexually creative, and could reduce Hugo to a whimpering puddle of needy submissive goo with single look or tone of voice.

“Whilst we’re still sleeping together, you have to know that you don’t own me. I work for you, but you answer to me. Is that understood?”

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He had class elitist Hugo role-playing as a valet and getting off on it all the same. Sebastian had him making beds, getting him dressed, cleaning and shining dishes and Hugo was hard as a rock every time and begging for more. Sebastian was a forward thinker and fucked Hugo with the feather duster shaft after making him dust the room.

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Two birds. One stone and all that…

There was also humiliation kink, some spanking, and public sex which didn’t disappoint. There’s a lot of heat between these two and naturally that leads to some sex. A lot of smexy times are to be had by all.

Due to his station, Sebastian was deemed lower class which made the power exchange in the relationship all the more enjoyable and special. Along with all the heat, there were sweet and caring moments that provided depth to their relationship. It wasn’t all rainbow and snowflakes though. Hugo could be an arse when he was in one of his bratty moods. As I mentioned before, he’s self-destructive and for the first half lashed out at Sebastian for his own shortfalls. Hugo does realize the err of his ways and feels contrite about his treatment of Sebastian. They get their HEA in the end but it takes some work between them and also overcoming the other obstacles life throws their way.

Trigger warnings: There is drug use and an attempted sexual assault.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to readers that like an entree of historical romance with a big giant overflowing scoop of sex on the side.