Gemini Keeps Capricorn

4.5 Stars

How the hell does Anyta do it every time with these books? I’m obsessed with this series. Absolutely obsessed. The quirky banter, the slow burn, the endearingly frustrating characters, and EVERYTHING else that makes this series so freakin’ addicting was present in Gemini Keeps Capricorn.

“I’m Capricorn, remember? Try me.”

“I’m Gemini. I’ll break you.”

That pretty much encompasses the fabulous dynamic between Wesley Hidaka and Lloyd Reynolds.

Lloyd- RA for dorms, solver of problems, holder of infinite patience, and perpetual rule enforcer.

Wesley- Junior, student of law, chronic rule challenger and perpetual rule breaker.

Wesley and Lloyd have known each other for years. They live on the same floor and Wesley has the resident status to Lloyds RA status. Being an RA means that the residents are off limits for anything more than friendship and what a “friendship” these men have. Wes will do anything to get a rise out of Lloyd. Whether it’s frustration, humor, lust, etc., he just wants a reaction and Lloyd is his favorite law man to incite. Lloyd is a master at self-control and not showing just how much Wesley affected him. Wesley was completely over the top, cheeky and a serial flirt with Lloyd.

I LOVE Wesley and Lloyd together. They balance each other out perfectly. Although they had to remain “friends,” they were never just that. There was friendship, feelings, connection, and a deep desire to just be in the presence of the other. They had that best friend/smokin’ chemistry thing going on that you just knew would be amazeballs once they finally gave a big fat middle finger to the rules.

But…

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It took FOREVER to give in. Am I surprised? Nope, it’s Anyta. Did it bother me? Hell to the no. Not once during the super-duper long slow burn wait did I ever feel like I was bored, missing out, or frustrated. There was enough going on with Wesley’s brother and mother to keep things going. But even better than that were the fantastically entertaining MCs. I was enjoying their snarky banter so much that I could have gone another 100 pages without any sex. (No, that isn’t a challenge to draw it out even longer in the next book.) They had an intimacy that was so much more than physical.

This book had more of the same feels that book one had. Wesley reminded me of Theo and Lloyd reminded me of Jamie. I just love the exasperated fondness and cluelessness that is present within these couples. Jamie is Lloyd’s professor in this book so we get some Jamie/Theo sightings as well.

There was something confusing about Wesley and Lloyd’s relationship in the beginning. It took a tiny bit to understand their dynamic but once I did, I was ALL. IN. I laughed and had a cheesy smile on my face throughout their adventure to HEA-land. *swoon* This story has medium angst with the relationship between the MCs as well as the family dynamics at play.

Gemini Keeps Capricorn is no different than the previous two in the series; Anyta exquisitely tortures us with a slow burn but gives the perfect blend of personality, chemistry and connection between the main characters to make the torture and payoff that much sweeter. I loved the hell out of this book. 100% Recommended.

Oh, I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to say…
I’M AN AQUARIUS Anyta… *hint* *hint*

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Cover Reveal for Aleatha Romig’s Upcoming Release

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Respect – An Infidelity Stand-alone Novel

 “The making of a man”

Standing at what I believe is the precipice of my life, I, Oren Demetri, was too young to understand that it wasn’t and too old to imagine that it couldn’t be.

The already hefty accumulation of my successes and failures, bravery and fears, and rewards and suffering, had brought me to this point. It was hard to contemplate the things I’d done, and yet, in reality I’d only begun to learn the possibilities.

I suppose that’s how it was for me at twenty-nine years of age on the brink of all I’d ever wanted without fully realizing the price I would pay. Yet in that moment, I knew there would be no cost too great or sacrifice I wouldn’t make. I had no idea how far-reaching that moment of self-discovery would be; because as the congregation’s murmurs quieted, bleeding into silence and allowing the thump of my heart to be the only sound I heard, I was a man filled with love and adoration, emotions in stark contrast to those I needed in the world I’d built or the one I was about to enter.

Angelina Costello was my dream and now my reality. I’d worked diligently to move beyond the actuality of being a dockworker’s son to becoming a self-made, successful entrepreneur, all in an effort to earn the right to call her my own. I’d overcome servitude to others, collecting their paychecks and lowly praises, to being the one who signed the paychecks and offered the accolades when they were rightfully earned.

The world was my oyster and walking toward me on the arm of her uncle was my pearl. I’d found her amongst the empty shells life had offered. There was no need to pry open another possibility. Angelina was all I wanted. Yet my path was uncharted. There was more for me to earn, lose, and willingly give.

The top of that list was respect.

This stand-alone novel may be read without reading the Infidelity series.

From New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a stand-alone novel based from her beloved Infidelity series. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic romantic thriller will delve into a world where family takes on new meaning and even the inhabitants are suspicious of the next chapter.

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Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

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Riptide

4 Stars

Wow!! I really enjoyed this book. It’s the latest book in The Boys of Bellamy series and my favorite by this author. The other books in this series have been pretty hit or miss for me and I was absolutely surprised by this one. It had a different feel to it than the pervious three. We got the college experience in the first half while also getting a maturity and depth as they left college, started adulting and reconnected at a wedding. Side note: I wouldn’t consider this a standalone. It’s loaded with characters and situations from the previous books.

Andy and Drew were secondary characters in the other books. Especially book one because they were roommates with Max and Finn. I was curious about their story and really glad that they got a chance to have it told. Drew and Andy are best friends, college roommates and lovers without the label. What started as a silly first kiss led to many firsts between Drew and straight Andy. But, feelings start to grow and Andy realizes that maybe he isn’t quite as straight as he once believed. Do they talk about their feelings? Nope.

“It was easier to exist in this uncomfortable limbo, left wondering and hoping and waiting, rather than risk losing someone who’d become Andy’s entire world.”

This lack of communication leads to the classic misunderstanding about where they stand in the non-relationship and it isn’t until graduation that they realize both men had felt the same. Unfortunately, they are out of time. Drew heads to Chicago for a job and Andy stays at Bellamy for his MBA.

Fast forward two years and they are at a wedding. Without dates. Their reconnection is sweet, sexy, and emotional as they pour two years worth of longing into seeing each other again. Buuuuut, they both still live in different cities. The night of the wedding sets the stage for them to become friends again and step by step they find their way back. The journey has emotional highs and lows. I was cheering them on with every step, all the way to their HEA.

Drew is a classic introvert which made me automatically connect with him. I could see myself in him as he struggled with conversations, being the center of attention, etc… He had a core group of friends with Andy being the best of them all. Andy was the exact opposite and was able to pull Drew out of himself with his contagious personality. He also had a childish streak which annoyed me on occasion. He felt everything so deeply whether it was the highest of highs or lowest of lows. Andy had a darker side and Drew was the calm in his storms. They also had great chemistry and their connection deepened with each “hook-up.”

I appreciated being able to connect with the characters in both stages of life. There was a definite progression of maturity and confidence, individually and between them as a couple. The secondary characters took a piece of my heart too. Noel and Drew’s dad each had a quirkiness to them that I loved. They weren’t cookie cutter characters and I totally adored them and gained greater understanding of each MC through these men.

Definitely recommended to fans that have read the other books in this series.

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Improper Fraction

3 Stars

Reviewed for BMBR

This book hooked me with the geeky title and its nerd/baseball player MCs. Everything else was supposed to be icing on the cake. And it sorta was for about half of the book. But just like when you eat too much cake, the deliciousness of the first few bites just can’t hold up throughout the whole thing. That’s what happened with Improper Fraction. The first half was everything I love about romance and the second half…cake.png

O’Malley (Mal) Ramsey and Garrison Rook grew up together. They were inseparable until a kiss between them after high school graduation led to vows made for a future that would soon be denied. Since the moment Mal realized he was gay, he has been out and proud. Garrison has internally struggled with his attraction to men and never acted on it until the kiss with Mal. That kiss scared him and Garrison cut off all communication with Mal until 4 years later, after college graduation. Mal is working at a math and science camp for the summer and Garrison’s little sister is attending. Garrison tags along too, under the guise of providing athletic opportunities to all campers.

When Mal and Garrison see each other for the first time in four years, it’s very strained. Garrison has some groveling to do and I love that Mal makes him. Even with the years of separation between them, there’s still so much love, friendship and chemistry. I loved “seeing” them come back together and the stolen moments of heat when the campers were sleeping.

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After camp ends, Garrison still has to contend with coming out to his family and his minor league baseball team. Mal is there to support him but it’s a very stressful time for Garrison as he worries about parental expectations and being the first openly gay minor league player.

The scene is set for future angst as Garrison finds peace in who he is and decides when/how he will come out. I was on the edge of my seat while reading, wondering how this would pan out. I couldn’t put it down. Until, mid-way through when a wrench was thrown in the plot and high school bullies turned adult “Bigot Brigade” were introduced and became the focus of the second half.

Color me confused.

From then on, the ground work laid in the first half, the major focus on sexual identity and its implications on family and career were brushed under the rug and glossed over. Literally, the coming out scene with his parents was a few pages and the coming out with his team? One. Sentence.

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Obviously my enjoyment declined drastically after this shift. I was bummed. Big time. The first 45-50% I was all in. I was giddy about this nerdy, estranged best friends to lovers romance. The building up to reconciliation and a little after had me hooked. I really like Mal and Garrison together. The scene Garrison acts out from Mal’s favorite movie… *swoon* The second half dragged while everything surrounding the bullies, the reactions to them and the subsequent climax of that situation was unrealistic, OTT and unnecessary IMO. The bullies read like an afterthought thrown in that detracted from what was otherwise a very enjoyable read.

The writing style was smooth and the pacing kept the story moving along during the first half. I’m hoping that by release, this will have gone through another round of edits. The cover doesn’t really represent the book or the MCs. I would have rated the first half at least a 4 but unfortunately I have to account for the second half. With all that said, I’d recommend it for the first half alone because I really like Mal and Garrison and that they got their HEA… even if I was shaking my head and rolling my eyes at the huge second half shift and the ridiculousness of the last 10%.

“Garrison and I aren’t right anymore. We’re like an improper fraction.”

“Of all people, O’Malley, you should know that there are ways to convert an improper fraction to a mixed fraction.”

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New Santino Hassell Release & Giveaway

“I was more than willing to trade a moment of that heaven for a future broken heart.”

–Santino Hassell, Citywide

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Citywide (Five Boroughs #6
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Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release Date (Print & Ebook): November 13, 2017

Length (Print & Ebook): 100k words/367 pages

Subgenre: Contemporary

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Book Blurb:

A record-breaking heat wave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.

In Rerouted, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn’t include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.

In Gridlocked, former Marine Tonya Maldonado is keeping real estate heiress Meredith Stone on permanent ignore. Mere isn’t Tonya’s type. Not even close. Who cares if she kisses like a dream and has the filthiest mouth this side of the East River? But then a security detail at a summer party ends with her saving Mere’s life and discovering they have more chemistry than she’d ever imagined.

In Derailed, Stephanie Quinones escapes the heat and her complicated love life by going on a company retreat. Trouble is, it’s a couples’ retreat, and she lied about having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the only person willing to play pretend is her on-again/off-again fling, Angel León. They’re currently “off again,” but after a week in the woods, Stephanie realizes she wouldn’t mind them being permanently on.

Teaser quotes from the book:

Being that close to two other people at the same time is like being in the best sandwich ever.”

“We were just three dudes filling all the empty spaces left behind when there had only been two.”

“I was more than willing to trade a moment of that heaven for a future broken heart.”

“Sometimes you just needed to feel alive even if it killed you later.”

She tasted like cigarettes, which should have had me recoiling but didn’t. I was almost glad there wasn’t any sugar or rosé on that naughty tongue of hers. Just Marlboros and trouble.”

“If I was going to trust anyone to not sell us out to a magazine, it’d be someone repping the rainbow flag. Maybe she just thought we were a cute couple.

We kinda were.”

Excerpt #1:

Without thinking about it, I grabbed her chin and made her meet my eyes. She was gnawing on her lower lip now, squirming in her tight little dress. I stepped closer.

“I go by either. Or you can call me Sergeant if you want to be cute about it.”

“I’m always cute,” she snapped.

I rolled my eyes. “This is why I fucking ignore you. You’re always doing the most and dying for attention. Making a big show of ice grilling me, so everyone in the vicinity is all up in my business, asking what I did to you. You have no chill, and it makes me tired.”

She cringed, shoulders hunching forward. “Fine. Sorry. I’ll never look in your direction again.”

It was the perfect opportunity to say, Cool, glad to hear it, and walk the fuck out, but I didn’t. Her flip-flopping between sassy immaturity, and bashful insecurity was starting to tug at my interest. I wondered how much of her attitude was an act. Or a shield she threw up when she was feeling unsure of herself.

“Why does it matter if I address you?” I asked, lowering my voice so it hopefully sounded less irritated. It was hard. I’d been born with my bastard father’s harsh tones, and I had to work to not sound aggressive. “We fucked once. Almost a year ago.”

She sucked her lower lip into her mouth and said nothing. I took another step forward until there was barely any space between us, and I didn’t miss her sharp inhale. Or the way her eyes briefly closed when I put a hand on her waist.

“Talk.” I dragged my thumb over the sheer part of her dress, feeling her smooth skin beneath. “Last opportunity.”

Mere shivered but wrenched her gaze up to my own. There was no challenge in her eyes this time. Just agonized desire. “I want another chance.”

“To do what?”

“To convince you to not walk away.” She lifted her hands, letting them hover on either side of my shoulders, before she slowly touched me. “To show you that I can ruin you just as badly as you ruined me.”

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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family but grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a grumpy introvert and unlikely romance author with an affinity for baseball caps. His novels are heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, and his desire to write relationships fueled by intensity and passion.

He’s been a finalist in both the Bisexual Book Awards and the EPIC Awards, and was nominated for a prestigious RITA award in 2017. His work has been featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Washington Post, RT Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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Cover Reveal for Kendall Ryan’s Upcoming Romance

We are so thrilled to bring you the cover from New York Times bestseller Kendall Ryan.

xo, Zach is a steamy new forbidden romance full of heat, heart & humor releasing January 23, 2018!

The first time we met was at a party.

Your ex arrived to show off the person he’d left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date.

I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty–and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days.

The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact.

I know I’m crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that’s the only reaction I can get out of you, I’ll gladly take it.

You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

I think I’m falling for you, and I know it’s wrong. I know that I’m only supposed to be your adviser and nothing more, but here’s the thing. I think you’re falling for me too.

xo, Zach

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New Annabeth Albert Release & Giveaway

Check out Annabeth Albert’s latest release in her Out of Uniform series, Wheels Up. Keep on scrolling for excerpts, review, and to enter in her giveaway.

“Sexy, sweet and heartfelt, Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series is a fresh take on Navy SEALs that will delight and entertain romance readers.”
–Layla Reyne, author of the Agents Irish and Whisky series.  

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Series: Out of Uniform  #4
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date (Print & Ebook): November 6th, 2017
Subgenre: M/M Contemporary Military Romance

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Book Blurb:

Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren’t listening to rules and regulations…

Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething hell-raiser, he’s his SEAL team’s new XO—and a man with a secret. Or seven. He’s kept his bisexual identity under wraps for years, along with his kinky side and a fondness for the military-themed semi-anonymous hookup website Joe4Joe. His latest chat buddy is more than a sexy online distraction—they’re taking their very not-safe-for-work relationship into real time.

Petty Officer Wes Lowe has a smart mouth, a take-charge attitude and an uncanny ability for making things go boom. The life of an enlisted man isn’t always enough to satisfy him, but one wild, no-questions-asked weekend with his online love comes close. When a transfer order comes in, Wes feels ready and centered. He’ll make a good impression on his new SEAL team and keep his growing feelings for Dustin on the down low.

But as they log more time online and some very real emotions surface, Dustin and Wes struggle to pretend they’re just a harmless fling. And when his commander introduces Dustin to his team’s newest member, they’re in for the shock of a lifetime…and a crushing disappointment: their difference in ranks means even a friendship without sexual contact could end their navy careers for good. 

With their hearts on the line, Dustin and Wes may not survive their next mission, let alone find a way toward a future together.

Short excerpt #1: Dustin wasn’t nervous. Just because Wes had put it out there that they could go back to his room didn’t mean they had to. Didn’t mean his pulse had to rev like a personnel carrier, all loud and roaring in his ears. Didn’t mean his fingers had to suddenly have nothing better to do than shred napkins. And it definitely didn’t mean he needed to keep up the idiotic rambling. Damn it, Strauss, remember who and what you are.

Excerpt #1:

“So?” Wes prompted after she’d left again. “You don’t want me to hook you up with someone, even hypothetically, but what would you like tonight? Burger and watch the game? Or…”

“Or?” Dustin sounded more curious than off-put, which was good.

“Or…and I’m just throwing this out there…I’ve got a hotel room close to here. We could go hang there after we eat. Just talk. And stuff.”

“Define stuff.” Dustin fiddled with his paper napkin, but he hadn’t said no. And he was cautious, which was a good thing, smart. Another trait all the marines Wes knew had—they were wary, always ready for the next threat.

“Talk. Like how we usually do on Saturday nights.” Wes raised his eyebrows and nodded, telegraphing that he knew perfectly well how those nights usually ended, both of them drenched in sweat and spunk, yawning goodnight into the phone.

Dustin hissed in a breath. “And you’d be good with that? Just our usual?”

“Oh trust me—” taking a risk, Wes leaned across the table, putting his lips against Dustin’s ear “—there’s nothing usual about what I want to do to you. And absolutely nothing boring about a live-action version of our regular game.”

He sat back down in time to watch Dustin’s eyes light up at the mention of game. Yeah, Wes knew how to get him going. And the equal measure of trepidation and anticipation in his eyes made Wes’s pulse speed up. He wanted this, far more than he was willing to let on.

“I…” Dustin glanced around again. “I’m not…”

“Shh. You don’t have to give me an answer yet. We can enjoy our food. And the game. Hopefully UVA loses spectacularly so I can gloat about that when I call home tomorrow, and my dad will be in a better mood.”

“Okay.” Dustin sighed, and Wes knew he wasn’t imagining the relief on his features. Darn it. “How’s your sister doing?”

Wes had told Dustin a little about Sam’s heart condition on a night a few months back when he was feeling particularly down. Dustin remembering how close he was to Sam made warmth spread through his chest. “She’s good. Always got to be on the lookout for infection though. Hopefully this year’s cold and flu season isn’t too rough. She made me a new playlist today. I’ll forward you the link.”

“More of that alternative-country?” Dustin made a face. They might share a taste in movies and TV, but in music they differed, almost comically so.

“Yup. Be glad you’re not riding back with me.” His insides gave a little twinge at the reminder that all he had with Dustin was this one night. And that’s why he needs to say yes. If all they had was tonight, then Wes was going to make it one they both remembered for a long, long time.

Author Bio:

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.  The #OutOfUniform series joins her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ  romance #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat and #PerfectHarmony series.

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Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two active children.

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Review by Lost in a Book

4 Stars

*Whew* This went from 0 to 60 within a chapter or two. There was chemistry, heat and a delicious helping of kink. I was rubbing my hands giddily together while channeling my inner Matthew McConaughey.

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Dustin and Wes are both SEALs stationed on different U.S. Coasts. They meet on a military inspired online chat app and develop a friendship that includes cyber sex benefits. Both men get to know each other but leave out the specific details of their branch of service, rank and city. Dustin has some events on the East coast and the two finally decide to meet while he is there. A very hesitant meeting turns into a night of friendship and some scorching live action.

Then shit got “real.” *sad face*

Wes gets transferred to the West coast and gets to meet his new SEAL team. And his commanding officer, Dustin.

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Dustin and Wes are now surrounded in red tape, fraternization rules, rank rules, etc., which puts a halt to their friendship and any communication other than duty information.

But, the pull is too strong and we get to follow Dustin and Wes as they fight their connection and then slowly give in message by message, look by look and then touch by touch. They were like two parts of a whole that needed to be together. There was a calming effect when they were together and their connection was evident throughout. Their chemistry was drool worthy. Big-beefy-commanding-officer, Dustin completely submitting to Wes. *slow blink* Dustin was in charge in all areas except the bedroom where he was finally able to let go.

And let go he did. Yowza!! Dustin craved submission, pain play, restraint, a little pet play, begging, nipple play, biting and orgasm denial. Wes got off on it all and more which soothes Dustin’s insecurities regarding his kink preferences. Even the kink through cyber was hot. It’s amazing that orgasm denial and pain play was well executed through a WiFi connection. It truly portrayed Dustin’s complete submission to Wes.

Outside of the kink and eventual stolen moments of friendship, the story was just alright. There wasn’t much going on which was sort of disappointing after how much I loved On Point. It started off fanfreakingtastic and once they were on the same SEAL team, it dragged a bit. It was a hard fought HEA and if you’ve been a fan of the series or a fan of hot military men, I’d recommend it.

This was an ARC so I was more lenient about mistakes. I do hope the POV transitions and time jumps are clear before release. There wasn’t a distinction made so the POVs and time lapses changed from sentence to sentence.

Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Picture Winter

Reviewed for BMBR

2 Hearts

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Sorry, I dozed off there for a minute… or 173 171 pages to be exact. I’ll warn you that this book wasn’t my cuppa. At all. There was zero angst, insta-love, not much going on in the plot department, and weak sauce “conflict” at the end that you can spot a mile away.

This was one of those reads that doesn’t necessarily drag but nothing really happens. I didn’t hate it. But I didn’t like it either. I need something to hold my attention. Anything. This read was predictable and apparently an ode to regular daily events/thoughts with an abundance of detail.

Aloof Elias meets city worker (aka garbage man)Ty while walking to work one day. Ty gets on to Elias for putting trash into the wrong recycling bin and Elias is kinda an ass in response. After this encounter, Elias decides to follow the advice of his horoscope and treat others with kindness. With coffee day 1. Hot chocolate day 2. Then an apple turnover/ coffee shop invite day 3, Elias apologizes to Ty. It also doesn’t hurt that Elias notices how hot Ty is. While at the coffee shop, Ty mentions that he is moving and Elias jumps at the chance to help him move.

The move set their relationship in motion and from then on they are inseparable. We follow them as they go about their day to day. Both men are satisfied with their jobs and have to decide if they are going to take a chance with potential career changes and all that entails.

Elias and Ty are completely different with Ty’s outgoing and bubbly demeanor. They were a good fit when Elias wasn’t making assumptions or letting judgmental viewpoints get in the way. They had an easily earned HEA with low conflict. Thankfully they had some chemistry. There was one scene that had me perking up a bit. The first kiss. Their first kiss had some heat. It was that I’m-saying-goodnight-without-kissing-and-came-back-because-I-couldn’t-leave-without-it kind of kiss. You know that one… right by the door and all passionate and grabby. There were other sexy times but they didn’t pull me out of the funk the rest of the story put me in.

We are treated to pages and pages of minutiae. It was as if every thought or observation they made in a day ended up on page. The circling of thoughts was downright frustrating. So much time was spent flip flopping points back and forth in their own heads.

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Brutal.

I wish I could have made this work but we just didn’t click. Not recommended for those that want a little meat on their story’s bones.

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