Sunday, January 15, 2017

Weekly Roundup

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Our regular weekend recap of all our review posts from last week in one easy go. If you missed any of our reviews then here’s your chance to browse over all of them quickly again in one easy, convenient post. Take a look and see what you may have missed.

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Worlds Away (Firsts & Forever #13) by Alexa Land

worlds-away3Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Does love stand a chance between two men from different worlds, when they’re both being pulled in opposite directions?
Sawyer MacNeil is looking for answers. His time in the Army didn’t go as planned, and he’s still reeling from the end of a relationship that never should have happened in the first place. Now he’s trying to get his life together, while struggling to come to terms with a side of himself he’s always kept hidden.

Sparks fly when Sawyer meets Alastair, an upper-class British graduate student whose future has been mapped out since birth. Alastair can’t promise anything more than a hook-up. He doesn’t have much time left in the States, and a mountain of responsibility and a disapproving family are waiting for him back in the UK. And yet, whatever’s happening between them feels like so much more than a fling.

When tragedy strikes and the two are separated just days after meeting, will Sawyer risk everything to follow his heart?

Worlds Away is the thirteenth novel in Alexa Land's Firsts and Forever Series, but each book is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere. This gay romance is approximately 98,000 words. Please note: contains adult language and graphic sex and is intended for adults only.

DEBRA

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"While I love the emotional punch Alexa Land can deliver with some of the heavier books, it was also nice to read a no-angst story full of romance and fun."

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Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert

off base[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike's flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike's arrival would spark from Zack's teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can't refuse. 

Pike Reynolds knows there won't be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He's an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he's had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can't risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack. 

Living with Pike crumbles Zack's restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn't know how to be the man Pike deserves.

LISA 

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"I love how real and different the characters this author creates seem to be. Zack and Pike were no exception."

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Binding the Edges (Tales from The Edge #8)

by L.M. Somerton

binding the edges[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Never let go of the one you love.

After recent traumatic events, Olly is finding it hard to get his head around what happened. While he tries to deal with a maelstrom of emotions, renovations at The Edge are in full flow, alongside preparations for tenth anniversary celebrations. Joe, his Dom, recognizes Olly’s delicate state of mind and does his best to reassure him. A trip to the New Forest with their friends, Aiden and Heath, helps the healing process.

Returning home, Olly and Aiden focus on preparations for the party. When Aiden is called away, Olly takes a walk to clear his head, keeping his eye on a brewing storm. To his horror, he discovers Mark Vickery, an old enemy, has landed on the island by boat and is out for revenge.

With Olly missing and the storm raging, Joe, Heath and Aiden set out on a rescue mission that unfolds in a way none of them expected. Can the storm wash away the past or will Olly and Joe’s future be destroyed by a twist of fate?

FREYA

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"What I read was a sweet, engaging, and dramatic (in varying ways) tale. It had the characters showing all facets of their personalities... "

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Volley Balls (Balls to the Wall #1) by Tara Lain

volley balls[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

2nd Edition
A Balls to the Wall Romance

A "pumped up" version of the Volley Balls story, twice as long as the original.

A double dose of alpha male might be better than one.
Despite just getting out of an abusive relationship with an asshole alpha, David Underwood’s wandering glance lands on two hot members of the Australian volleyball team on Laguna Beach and gets him harassed again. Still, when the delicious Gareth Marshall proves his interest by coming out to his team, David succumbs to his attraction. But Gareth’s volleyball partner, Edge, who’s equally hot, makes the lovers’ lives miserable.

For Gareth, a lifetime of hiding his orientation—and his attraction—from his best friend, Edge, as well as everyone else around him, adds up to hurt and frustration. David’s the first man to ever compete with Edge for Gareth’s passion. But Edge has secrets of his own, and David’s ex-lover will never be happy without David under his fist. With everything stacked against him, can a gay Laguna man find happiness with an alpha male–or two?

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2011.

DEBRA

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"Volley Balls stayed true to its title in more than one interpretation. It is a sweet short story of secrets, and discovery with a bit of danger."

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Perfect Catch by N.R. Walker

perfect catch[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Calvin Lynch and Troy Hoffman have been best mates since they were fourteen years old. They’re both hard-working tradesmen, both love weekends away fishing, both gay, but have never been single at the same time. Until now.

What is supposed to be a weekend away fishing with a group of mates, changes at the last minute when friends bail out in an attempt to give Cal and Troy some alone time.

With more than just hooks on the line, can these two see what’s been right in front of them the whole time?

The Perfect Catch is a short story about falling for your best friend hook, line, and sinker.

A 20K short story which was part of the It Was Always You anthology.

JANE

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"I loved the guys and really got into the story and even though it is a short, I certainly never felt short changed."

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Man & Beast (The Savage Land Book 1)

by Michael Jensen

man and beast[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

What is the line that separates man from beast?

The year is 1797, and 24-year-old John Chapman is lost on the American frontier with winter falling fast. Near death, he stumbles upon a lone cabin, and the owner, a rugged but sexy frontiersman named Daniel McQuay, agrees to let John winter over.

John and Daniel quickly find themselves drawn to each other, the sex between them unlike anything John has ever known. But as the weeks turn into snowbound months, Daniel begins to change into someone brutish, and the line between man and beast disappears.

With the arrival of spring, John flees, eventually finding refuge in the company of a group of frontier outcasts, including a brash young settler named Palmer. But in the wilds of this savage land, love is not so easily tamed, and John soon finds himself calling upon the raging animal within him to save the man he loves.

Man & Beast, which The Advocate calls “equal parts romance novel and history lesson, heaped with sex and violence,” is the first book in the Savage Lands, a series that celebrates the untold gay history of the American frontier. Man & Beast is for fans of Harper Fox, Jerry Cole, K.J. Charles, and Mary Renault, as well as anyone who enjoys pulse-pounding suspense and romance.

(Man & Beast was previously published under the title Frontiers.)

CHERYL

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"Capturing the grandeur and brutality of the early settlers in the American West, it provided me with a host of characters and situations I could really get my teeth into."

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The Sweetest Goodbye

(Roadmap to Your Heart #3.5) by Christina Lee

the sweetest goodbye[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Billie Montgomery was always known as the sick kid with the therapy dog. Dylan Bowden never had two nickels to rub together, let alone a true home to call his own. The two have been best friends since high school. They're always there for each other, so when Billie opens his own bakery called Montgomery's Sweets no one supports him better than Dylan.

 

LISA

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"This author has delivered a sweet love story that also managed to keep me intrigued as I rooted for our two protagonists. As they begin to discover one another and explore what they could share, you could unquestionably feel the palpable and profound bond they shared."

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Please Don’t Go by Felice Stevens

please-dont-go3Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Danny Friedman knows all about loss. His father left to start a new family and now that his mother passed away, he's even more certain love is only temporary. People always disappoint him in the end, a lesson he learned years ago when his summer camp best friend and secret crush disappeared without a trace, never to be heard from again. Until now.

 

DEBRA

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"The story is short, but it’s a wonderful friends-to-lovers story that’s emotional, sweet, sexy and of course quite romantic too."

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