Book Review: A Fighting Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

 

Blurb:
Army Ranger Slater Cassidy has a very special – very sexy – target in his sights. Meeting gorgeous, smart, uber-snarky Casper Kennedy was the highlight of Slater’s last trip home to New York. The soldier in him carefully plans his conquest. Unfortunately, Casper’s wearing some seriously strong armor and Slater’s charm offensives bounce right off. Casper’s refusal to fall for him is puzzling – not to mention incredibly annoying. When Slater gets leave again after grueling back-to-back tours in Afghanistan, all he wants is another shot at wooing Casper. He jumps right into the battle for the other man’s heart, but Casper does not intend to entertain the troops. A heartbreaking revelation changes the rules of romantic warfare, and Slater suddenly realizes he doesn’t just want Casper. He wants to capture his heart, too.

Casper Kennedy is fighting a losing battle. A certain outrageously demonstrative Army Ranger has been a thorn in his side since his last trip home – and the main character in his steamiest dreams. Now he’s back. He launches an all-out sensual assault and no matter how hard Casper pushes Slater away, the man somehow manages to inch closer. So close, in fact, that Casper’s once-impenetrable defenses are in danger of collapsing. Should he throw up the white flag and take a chance at love? Or start firing back and keep his heart protected? When the handsome Ranger shows his true colors, Casper just might have to surrender the fight.

Denise’s Review:
Before I began this book, I hadn’t heard of this series, so I went and grabbed Books 1 and 2, A Betting Man and A Marrying Man (they are available together here: Amazon ) to make sure I had background before I started A Fighting Man.
Books 1 and 2 together are just past novella length, totally about 220 pages together.  A Fighting Man seemed to be a bit longer, at about 125 pages.
I definitely enjoyed Books 1 and 2, and would have likely been confused at a few things when it came to Book 3, but you could still read A Fighting Man as a stand alone book.
A Fighting Man brought back Spenser’s brother Slater, a man on leave after back to back tours of Afghanistan.  Slater had noticed Casper Kennedy on a previous trip to visit his family, and proceeded to woo him from afar.  Slater DOES NOT take no for an answer, and how Casper held out as long as he did is a mystery. 
When Slater does come home, he puts the full court press on Casper, and when they end up having to work together, Casper finally gives in, but not without serious reservations, and all those reservations are completely justified.  My heart still breaks thinking about the scene where Casper falls asleep in a very heartbreaking location, only to wake up to ridicule and censure.
Although the storyline had a few predictable elements to it, I was surprised at the levels that the author went to for realism towards the end of the book, really honing in on the horrific aspects of war, and how someone can take something bad, and turn it into a way to help others. 
Slater was funny and exactly what Casper needed in his life, after three years of being closed off.  What a great team they made together.  I’ll be happy to see them back together when Book 4 comes out.
This book was a solid 4 pieces of eye candy for me.  I am definitely looking forward to the next in this series.

Val’s Review:
I have to start off by saying that I absolutely love this series. This book is #3 in Sandrine’s Men of Manhattan Series and, focuses on the hot and sexy Army Ranger Slater Cassidy and the sexy adorable snarky Casper Kennedy. We get to meet these characters in the previous books, A Betting Man, and A Marrying Man, and witness how Slater whom lets just say is the absolute poster boy for Playboy of the year , well that is until he meets Casper, and then all bets are off.
I love that this Author is able to mix Humor that will have you laughing so hard then also you get to witness some very emotional feelings which will have you in tears but it’s done in such a beautiful way that you fall so much more in love with these two characters. Slater stops at nothing and I mean nothing to win over Casper’s affection and let me tell you I was laughing so hard during these stunts.
We learn the reason behind why Casper keeps turning down Slaters conquests and yes “You Will Need Tissues here” but in the end this story is such a beautiful learning experience . I highly recommend you read Books 1&2 first so you get the full impact of the story , and you meet all the secondary characters from the book.
Don’t miss out on this great series I can’t wait to read more and hope book 4 comes out fast
I rate this 5 pieces of eye candy.

 
 
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Book Review: A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House) by Jaime Reese

Blurb: Matthew Doner is starting over. After a five-year prison term that alters every aspect of his life, he receives a bequest from his aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right. Breaking free of the long-standing role he’s played and inspired by the few who support him, he decides to create a safe place where people like him can find purpose and start a new life.

Julian Capeletti likes challenges. He is confident, brash, stubborn, and just what Matt needs. Desperate for work after a downturn of luck, he accepts the job to renovate Matt’s crumbling building.

Over the course of a year, romance simmers between them as they restore the house. But there’s a bigger renovation that must take place in their hearts. To become better men, they need to learn to trust each other even with secrets and painful memories they fear may rip them apart.

Denise’s Review:

Ms. Reese’s first book, A Better Man was published in April 2014, and I immediately soaked it up.  What a beautiful piece of work!  So intricate, so well done, I could go on and on, but you can read the original review below and get a feel for what Val and I loved about the first book.
Jaime’s second book, A Hunted Man, is as good, if not better that book one. 
First, I have to commend her covers.  Her cover artist is just amazing (snicker!), and puts so much thought and preciseness (is that a word?) into the beauty of these covers.  There is so much definition and detail in the covers, that you find yourself referring back to it as you are reading to see if yes, that item is there too.  The facial hair, the tattoo, and even the latte art up in the corner of the cover are all prominent in the book, and it just amazes me that all that can come together to make such an incredible cover!
Second, I need to commend Ms. Reese on the in depth research that obviously went into this book.  The laws that were pulled out of the woodworks with regards to the particular area of the country took some serious dedication to research.  This was not an off the cuff choice of work.  The intricacy of taking all those pieces and putting them together should not be lost on the reader. 
Third, I just have to say…the villain, just as in book one…did NOT see that coming!  I enjoy that in a book!
And fourth, saving the best for last….the writing of these two incredible characters was so well done, its hard to believe that Ms. Reese hasn’t been writing for years.  This was love at first sight, for sure, but still a slow burn, in that Cam and Hunter did not instantly fall into bed together.  They took their time, got to know each other (much of that was by circumstance, not by choice), and were able to bring their concerns to each other as their trust levels increased.
Although there were “secrets” between the two, they didn’t seem like forced secrets.  They were not the “I won’t tell that person because…” type of secrets.  These secrets were more the “I will tell him once I am more comfortable with him. He doesn’t need to know everything all at once”.  I loved that aspect.  So often, secrets are the weapon that an author uses to break a couple up.  That was not the case at all.  It was merely a by product of learning to trust one another.
The ending…although it was a bit painful to see put into play, it was completely appropriate for the couple, and the situation they were in.  I read somewhere that Ms. Reese initially did not put an epilogue into the book, then quite a bit after the book was done, decided that she really needed to add it in.  Thank goodness!  We really, really, needed to see where the characters ended up to feel that it was a HEA and not just a HFN.  We had way too much invested in Cam and Hunter to not receive that HEA.
It was great to catch up with Matt and Julian, as well.  Some of the funniest parts of the book were Julian protecting Matt, like a bulldog.  I loved seeing that side of Julian.  🙂
There is no question that this was a 5 pieces of eye candy for me, and I cannot wait for Ms. Reese to bring us book 3!!!
 
 
Val’s Review:
A Hunted Man is book #2 in Jaime Reese’s The Men Of Halfway House.
This book has me from page one, it was such an emotional book ranging from humor, love, angst and a mix of mystery. What I loved about this book is that it picks up basically where book one, A Better Man leaves off.  We get to revisit the beautiful Matt and Julian who both built this wonderful Halfway House to give ex Cons a chance to survive in the real world. We get to meet Cameron (Cam) Pierce and Hunter Donovan in this book. Cam who was just released after a torturous 10 year jail term, and first resident of the new Halfway House .
Cameron has learned in his jail stay to build up iron clad Walls to protect himself , that is until he meets Hunter a high profile attorney, then all nets are off.  I won’t go into too much detail because I think that everyone should experience the true depths of all the emotions that these two men endure to be together.
It can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend you read the first book of this amazing series, A Better Man, to experience the full experience of this beautiful story.
I give this a 5 pieces of eye candy rating.
 
 
 
Favorite Quotes:
“How about we make a deal?” Hunter said.
“A deal?”
Hunter stroked Cameron’s cheeks with his thumbs. “I’ll wait to tell you how I feel until you’re ready to hear it. But whenever you tell me you’re ready, you’re stuck with me. I don’t come with a return policy. So you need to be sure you want me for the long haul. Deal?”
“What if I’m never ready to hear it?”
“I’m a patient man.”
 
He needed to keep himself I check, control this intense level of want that threatened to take over.  Want for Hunter, closeness, affection, for everything and anything he cared to offer him.
It felt perfect.
 

Original Review of A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House):
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A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House) [Book 2]
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A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House) [Book 1]
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Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Make You Mine by Ann Lister

Synopsis:

Cooper Rand is the high-energy drummer for his band Ivory
Tower. Everyone is drawn to Cooper; which makes him the go-to party guy for
those lucky enough to call him friend. He loves the lifestyle that comes along
with being a rock star and feels perfectly suited for the role. He is also a
professional when it comes to the hook-up, unwilling to stick around long
enough to allow emotions to enter into what he’s doing. He’s lived his entire
life ‘in the moment’ and it isn’t until he meets Jayson that he begins to
question the direction of his life and if he’s been missing out on something
truly special all this time.
Jayson Keller has spent most of his life living on the
island of Martha’s Vineyard working as a builder. Living on a small island also
has Jayson working overtime to keep his sexual orientation secret. He has
mastered the art of hiding in the closet, but he doesn’t want it to be a
forever thing. Jayson always said if the right man came along he’d happily
leave the safety of his closet and live openly as a gay man. The problem is,
living where he does limits his partner options and finding someone worth
coming out of that closet for seems an unlikely prospect.
A party at Alex Metcalf’s island estate brings Cooper and
Jayson face-to-face. Lightning strikes hot and fast and suddenly their lives
take a whole new path. Has Jayson finally met a man worth leaving his
self-imposed closet? Have a couple of hours spent alone with Jayson opened
Cooper to the idea there is a deeper meaning to life beyond the stage and the
value of a committed relationship? But, a bigoted family and the rock star
lifestyle could ruin everything and keep both men searching for what was
standing right in front of them: a soul mate

Denise’s Review:

I will start off this review by saying that I had not read books 1 and 2 in The Rock Gods series. This did lead to some confusion, for me, on the substory of this book. I realized about two thirds of the way through the book that it primarily takes place at the same time as book 2, the book about the ménage of Alex, Danni and Chase. Once I made that realization it made reading this book quite a bit easier for me. It is a standalone book although I think having the back story of Alex, Danni and Chase would be very helpful. It also made me want to go back and read books 1 and 2.
All that being said this was the story of Jayson, a builder, and Cooper, the band Ivory Tower’s drummer. This was a slow burn love story. They got together immediately upon meeting, but it was initially only as a one night stand. Then that one night began turning into additional times together. Jayson and Cooper lived on opposite coasts, making it challenging for them to find time together, but they managed to fit in phone calls, texts and one very hot and funny Skype session. Once they realized their affections for each other and settled those differences, there were a few small issues that came up that they needed to deal with. These were dealt with quickly as they seem to have a very good rapport, and although initially they found it difficult to communicate, they were able to resolve those issues. 
Initially I had a hard time connecting with Cooper probably due to my ideas of the rockstar thing. Then I had a hard time understanding Jason’s confidence and communication issues. I realized quickly though, that they just needed to learn.  That in the end, they were just learning how to be in a relationship. But when they were together I really felt the connection between the two, it was instant and strong. And once they were able to accept support from the other person that connection just grow stronger. 
However all that being said I found that the connection between the two continued to grow, and although much of their focus was on themselves and their relationships they were able to support other people important to them. 
They were truly sweet together, and one of the things I really liked was that they made spending time together a priority. That was so important in a relationship where insecurities and mistrust could easily destroy them especially with Cooper being a rock star, and all the potential situations that can be created from there. 
My final determination, 4 pieces of eye candy, and a mental note to grab books 1 and 2.  🙂

Val’s Review:

This book starts off on how Cooper Rand drummer for Ivory Tower and Jayson Keller a contractor living on Martha’s Vineyard met in Book #2 Take What You Want.
 
I was taken in from page one with this book. Ann Lister took us on a journey that was so beautiful, you get to feel the emotions from these two men from the minute they met. Their attraction to each other were immediate, although both these men never before had done more than casual “Hook Ups” the more they saw of each other they both realized this was way more than a fling.
 
Feelings became almost to much for them to handle, we do meet a very hateful character Ron who is Jayson’s step dad.

I can’t stress enough how beautiful this story is, taking us through everything Cooper and Jayson went through to get to a place that made them both comfortable in their relationship together. I recommend that you read Book #1 Fall For Me and Book #2 Take What You Want first so you get a better picture if all the characters leading Up to Cooper and Jayson’s story. This is definitely a 5 piece of eye candy read for me.

Hurry and get your copy today

 

 About The Author:

Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the
island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her
years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks
in her novels.
After graduating art school and raising two daughters, she
established her own video production company. Her nearly two decades working in
video production included work within the music industry and won her a coveted
Telly Award. It was this ‘behind-the-scenes’ exposure to the music world that
inspired many of her novels.
In 2013 she released Book One of her new rock star series: The
Rock Gods. Book One is titled, Fall For Me. This novel is her first full-length
gay, erotic romance and it is also a Finalist novel for the 2013 Rainbow Award.
Book Two in the Rock Gods series is titled, Take What You Want.
This story is a m/m/f menage and released in early November 2013. Book Three,
titled: Make You Mine, is expected to release in Spring of 2014.
When not writing, she enjoys reading, creating stained glass, and
traveling.

Social Links:

Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/ann.macconnelllister?fref=ts
Twitter: @AnnListerAuthor
Goodreads Author Page:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/519355.Ann_Lister?from_search=true

Giveaway:

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Check out this video Val did for the book:
http://animoto.com/play/CPCRK1tQyF7Y4CTB1bLLaw

Purchase Links:

Book 1: Fall for Me:
Amazon: Fall for Me

Book 2: Take What You Want:
Amazon: Take What You Want

Book 3: Make You Mine
Amazon: Make You Mine
Lulu (epub version)

Until Next Time:

~D~

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Book Review: Salvation by Alexa Land

Blurb:

Can two men from wildly different worlds prove to be each other’s salvation? 

Trevor isn’t surprised that he’s a twenty-year-old virgin. He sees himself as skinny, clumsy, and shy, and is sure no one could possibly want him. Vincent Dombruso is about to prove him wrong. 

Mysterious and troubled, Vincent masks a lot of secrets behind his handsome exterior. As the spark between them ignites, both men are surprised to find a kindred spirit in such an unexpected place. But Vincent’s Mafia ties and whatever he’s not telling Trevor could destroy their chances of a happily ever after. 

Salvation is the fifth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere.

Denise’s Review:

Back when I just had started to read M/M erotic romance, I asked the ever helpful Kindle Alexander for some suggestions on books similar to theirs, and immediately was pointed in the direction of Alexa Land.  I immediately purchased Way Off Plan (because I can’t read out of order [seriously it hurts me to do it!]…can you say OCD?).  Anyway, I read it in one sitting, and then purchased the rest of the books in this series.  (These are ALL re-read books).  So, I was out of the loop when Salvation came out, I had no idea!  But I snatched it up right away, and read it in about a day, amongst all the other things I had to do over the weekend.

This story is about the sweet Trevor, who would help anyone, and the mysterious man, Vincent Dombruso, one of Nana’s grandsons.  First question…what is in the water over at the Dombruso household that there are that many gay and bisexual brothers in that family?  🙂  Ah well, better for us, I say!

Trevor is just 21 years old, and a shy virgin, who when he sees Vincent at a party, rambles on, and just can’t seem to get himself together.  Fortunately, though, circumstances allow them to find their way together, and they are an awesome couple together.  You find that Vincent, aka Vinnie, is actually a very sweet man, who was really turned inside out when his parents and sister were killed as a young boy.  Growing up in a Mafia family could not have been easy, yet he found his salvation in Trevor–and a Big Sur mansion.

Now, I have to digress and tell you a little story here.  I purchased this book and started reading it as I was waiting for my husband to arrive on his bus, for us to head home.  At about 9% into the book is THE CLOCK SCENE, as I will call it.  (And it absolutely needed to be in capital letters!)  As I was reading THE CLOCK SCENE, I started laughing so hard, that when my husband got to the car, he asked me what was wrong, why was I crying?  I literally laughed so hard and was crying and hiccuping so much, that I couldn’t drive away right away.  I had to wait and calm down.  Literally one of the funniest scenes I have read in a book in quite a long, long time.  Seriously, if you don’t laugh hysterically during THE CLOCK SCENE, you have got to be one step above a serial killer.  I’m not sure how Ms. Land was able to type through that scene.  And the best part is, having spent a lot of time in San Francisco, I could totally see that scene playing out.  So, if nothing else gets you to go purchase this book, THE CLOCK SCENE should.

Anyway, back to my review…Nana is her crazy, nutty self, and continues to mix herself up with all the “gay homosexuals”, and they love her all the more. You will enjoy her “cooking lessons” for Trevor and River, another funny scene.

Trevor and Vincent are great together.  They really connect well.  They have fun and laugh together.  And Ms. Land does a great job with the highs and lows of the book.  Trevor has a period where he hits an all time low, breaking your heart as the reader.  All you can do is hope that he is able to come out of it stronger and learning something about himself, and see a future that he might not have considered before.  I also really loved catching up with all the previous couples!

The only thing I would ask is that Ms. Land get back to writing, because I loved the excerpt from Skye Blue and am super anxious for Skye’s story!!!

My final words: If I was going to reduce my rating on this book, it is only because I wanted it to go on and on. I just absolutely loved this one!!!  (By far, this is my favorite, if you didn’t know!!!).  So, Salvation gets a full 5 pieces of eye candy from this reader, and sends out a “hurry up” to Alexa Land.  🙂

Favorite Quote:

“Oh no, sister, that ain’t happening.  You got white-boy-bisque there with that powder and while that’s fine for my pasty-faced friend here, that does not go with my already flawless part-Mexican mochaccino skin tone.”
“It’s translucent,” she insisted, “it works for everyone. It’s just to keep the shine down on camera.”
“Step away from the Latino,” he told her.
 

Until next time, read and enjoy some m/m lovin!

~D~

Purchase Links for the Firsts and Forever Series:

Way Off Plan (Book 1)

All In (Book 2)

 

In Pieces (Book 3)

Gathering Storm (Book 4)

Salvation  (Book 5)

Skye Blue (Book 6-coming later in 2014)

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Book Review: Stay by Riley Hart

Today, Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy is profiling STAY by Riley Hart. 

This is the second book in the Blackcreek series, following Collide which was released last year.

Blurb:
Wes Jensen just lost the sister who raised him, and gained custody of his niece. The last thing he needs to add to his full plate is dealing with Braden Roth, the one-night-stand who continues to try to push his way into Wes’s life. He has a kid to raise now, and Wes isn’t great at getting close anyway. 

Braden has never had a woman or a man sneak out on him the morning after. From the start, Wes intrigues him, and Braden isn’t one to deny himself something he wants. And he wants Wes. The more time he spends with Wes and the little girl who constantly keeps them on their toes, the more Braden realizes this isn’t just about getting the guy who walked away. 

As their lives intertwine more and more, Wes discovers Braden isn’t as shallow as he thought. But after everything Wes lost in his life, he isn’t sure he can risk his heart, and truly want Braden to stay—and if he did, would Wes’s quiet life be enough for Braden?

Denise’s Review:

I found Riley Hart’s books when I came across Collide.  I went on to read Broken Pieces after delaying it for a while (not sure why, and boy was I wrong to wait!!!).  So, I waited ever so impatiently for Stay to come out.

We got to see the  Wes and Braden’s first interaction, a one night stand, during Collide.  And they both expected that that would be the extent of their interactions.  At the time, Wes was losing his beloved sister Chelle, and dealing with the fact that he would be taking over custody of her four year old child, Jessie.  And Braden?  Well, Braden was always out just for a good time.

When Stay begins, Wes has lost his sister, and is now coping with how to make this transition to becoming Jessie’s full time caregiver, find a job, and work through the grief over losing Chelle.  What he did NOT want was a relationship with Braden.  Neither was looking for a relationship.

However, Wes needed some help with Jessie, and Braden was able to provide that help.  Assisting with daycare for Jessie, and taking care of some of the little things.  Braden really fell in love with Jessie before he fell in love with Wes. 

What I enjoyed most was the slow burn.  Although, they picked up in the same place, with their previous interactions, their emotional interactions really took time.  It was not instantaneous that they were able to make the emotional connections.  It was the little things that came together to make that happen.  Yes, of course, there were issues to overcome, but the biggest issue was Wes realizing that it was okay to not only love someone outside the family, but also to need and want that person.

“I haven’t let myself give a shit about anyone besides my family for a
long time, Braden, but you’re here…pushing your way in.”

What a beautiful love story this was.  This book was not just about a story between two men.  This book was a story about two men finding a way to make themselves a family in every sense of the word.

My final rating was 4.5 pieces of eye candy.  I would have loved so much more of Wes and Braden (Braden’s cocky attitude and smart mouth were awesome!!!).

Val’s Review:
What can I say: I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it .
We start off with Wes who has been left custody of his feisty four year of niece Jessie after his older sister Chelle died. Wes is very closed off feels he’s not worthy of anyone’s love and afraid to give his heart after losing so many people in his life he’s loved .
  
In comes Braden. Braden is fun-loving, takes life as it is and very quick witted (sometimes putting his foot in his mouth).
 
Wes and Braden had a one night drunken fling which for Wes was just a release from his pain of losing his sister. Braden on the other hand could not get Wes out of his head, always pushing Wes’s buttons trying to reach him. Jessie plays a great part in reuniting these two. I won’t say more you will have to read to find out if Braden’s persistent attitude finally breaks the thick walls Wes has built around his heart. 
This is a beautiful story in which you get to hear from previous characters Cooper and Noah and meet Mason who will be highlighted in the next book . Take the journey through this story. It definitely earned a full 5 pieces of eye candy.

Favorite Quotes:

“You’re thinking too hard over there. What’s up?” he put a hand on Wes’s leg.
Wes didn’t pause, just opened his mouth and said one word. “Stay.”


“You’re the guy who’s good as hell with my niece. The guy who would help out a friend because it’s the right thing to do. And I’ll admit you’re right. You’re the guy who’s good at both f**king me and making me laugh.”


“Who said I’d want to have sex with you in the shower?”
“Me. I even wanted to have sex with myself when I took one this morning. I’m irresistible like that.”

Bonus Scene (don’t read until you have read Stay!!!):
http://shhmomsreading.com/review-bonus-scene-and-giveaway-stay-blackcreek-2-by-riley-hart/

Riley Hart Books Purchase Links:

Collide (Blackcreek Series) Book 1

Stay (Blackcreek Series) Book 2

Broken Pieces

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Book Review and Giveaway!!!: The Sergeant by Christa Tomlinson

 
Well, where to start?  What would Dr. Suess say?  At the beginning!
 
I will tell you that I had no idea this book was coming out.  I found it on a sister blog, Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (which if you don’t follow them, you are seriously missing out!!!!) go check them out, right now!  Go ahead, I’ll wait!!!  Okay, now that you are back…The Sergeant  was mentioned in their new release blog post them put out for M/M releases over each weekend-my favorite email I get on Saturdays, I’ll tell you! I read the blurb (never underestimate the power of a good blurb), and I was immediately on Amazon one clicking like a total fan-girl-yes, I purchased the book, I did not receive an ARC.  That being said, I was in the middle of another two books and had to wait until I got to NYC to start reading it while I was on vacation.  Well, if you have ever been to NYC, you know that you will be taking lots of subway trips, which we did, and my phone was out every second I could to get that book read.  I could NOT put it down!!!  I seriously read it every single extra moment I had, fortunately, the hubby was kind enough to pull me out of traffic if I wasn’t paying close enough attention to the world around me, which I usually was not.
 
The premise of this book is a SWAT team based in Texas, the Sergeant, Logan, is a former Marine and Dom who has never collared anyone, because he has always wanted Clay, a Corporal on his SWAT team to be his submissive.  Clay is bisexual and never has been in a relationship longer than a few months, a smartass guy who loves to have fun, but works his tail off.  A former Navy man, with some issues from his past, he has no idea that he is submissive. One night they kiss and everything changes.  They enter into a D/s relationship that is intense to say the least.                                       “You’re the only one I want to control. The only one whose submission I want, need, crave, with every part of me, every second of every day.  I don’t ever want to be with anyone else.”
Logan’s Marine tattoo
Back when I was a reader of m/f regularly, I read a lot of D/s books, and enjoyed many of them.  There are some fantastic authors out there who really have done some research into the lifestyle.  I was seriously impressed with the manner which Ms. Tomlinson portrayed their relationship.  And it was not just in the sex scenes (which were super SUPER SUPER H-O-T-!-!-!-!, by the way) but also in how their relationship moved into that realm, and progressed.  It wasn’t instantaneous, it was a command here, a strong look there, which progressed to many of the things that would later become sticking points for Clay.
 
“Tell me right now, what you want.” He slowed his thrusts even more, dragging his cock out of Clay’s hot, gripping channel before pushing back in at the same deliberately slow speed. “Do you want me to go faster?”
Clay shook his head and opened his eyes to look up at Logan. “I want…oh god…I want whatever you want, Sir,” he gasped.
Fuck! Logan loved hearing those words from Clay and they set him off like nothing else could have.
 
Because Clay had never been submissive before-he was a strong SWAT team member, after all-he really didn’t believe that he had it in him.  Later questioning whether he truly was, or if he wanted to be.  And this to me was the most believable part of the story.  Ms. Tomlinson gave these two men real emotions and real questions about a lifestyle that many consider “kinky” and “perverted”.  This lifestyle is not for everyone, and you have to be able to accept yourself as you are, and be open to what your needs are.  If not, it can lead to problems.  This was portrayed so well in this book.  I felt like the author really GOT that Clay was having issues with believing that he should be in this type of relationship, despite all the good feelings he felt while he was in it.
 
The characters were so well drawn in their current lives, including the supporting characters, you really felt that you understood why the issues were there, and couldn’t fathom how they could get around those issues to find their HEA. I found myself reading this book completely as a fan, not trying to find good quotes until late in the book.  Just enjoying an amazing story that riveted me from beginning to end.  It was not a “cry” book…well, I might have shed a tear or two, but it could have been my allergies…but what it was was REAL.  You wanted things to work out, because you had two people who you liked as people, and obviously were meant to be together, trying to find their way into the right relationships for themselves. 
Clay took a deep breath and then slowly sank to his knees.  His talk with Carlos had cleared his head and opened his eyes. He wanted to be with Logan and the only reason he was holding back was because of fear. But he’d never lived his life in fear before and he wasn’t about to start now. Not with something as important as his relationship with this man on the line.
 
This is a definite re-read, and there are only a handful of books (well more like authors) for me that are automatic re-reads.  I’m not sure if there is another book coming, but judging from the great work done on this book, I would pick up any future work by this author.
 
Now, here at Two Chicks Obsessed, our rating system is 0-5 pieces of eye candy.  If I could, I would give this book about 10 pieces of eye candy, and not regret it at all.  (okay, so it’s my blog, I will!)
 



On top of all this, I sent a crazy fan-girl message to the author about 30% into the book telling her how much I loved it, and she was kind enough to reply with her playlist (check it out, quite cool!) and her Pintrest page of pics having to do with The Sergeant.  And on top if it, she was generous enough to offer up THREE e-books for readers…so see rafflecopter entry below. Thank you, Christa for your generosity!!!

Christa’s playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB7A078dZFE

Christa’s Pintrest page for The Sergeant:

http://www.pinterest.com/christatomlinso/the-sergeant/ 

Amazon Purchase Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Sergeant-Christa-Tomlinson-ebook/dp/B00JTLAJ9S/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398907086&sr=1-1&keywords=the+sergeant

So, have you started reading it yet?  Okay, I get it, you are waiting until you see if you won the book…well, don’t, get started now, and then if you win, you can just gift the book to a friend!  :p

Until next time, peace, and may a little M/M love cross your e-reader.

~D~

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Book Review by Denise: With Chase by J.J. Scotts

Can you see this cover? 🙂 With a cover that H-O-T, I thought it needed to be extra large!

Denise’s Review:

The first thing I have to say is J.J. Scotts is a bit devious. Book 1, Being Chase, and Book 2, Following Chase, both ended with my face in horror and something along the lines of “NO!!!! You can’t end a book like that!!!!” running through my head, followed by perhaps one or two words that my father would be proud to hear my say, and my mother, not so much. Thank goodness Ms. Scotts has not left us waiting interminably for Book 3.

That being said, I have loved this series from the very beginning. Chase is a rather intriguing character. You really have a hard time liking him initially, but as you get to know him a little, and the people he has around him, you start to, if not understand him, at least see that he is really a good guy at heart. And Liam, well, he is an entirely different character. You love him from the start, and feel bad for his circumstances, and the fact that he is in an uncomfortable situation.

Now, I will not give spoilers, however if you haven’t read books 1 and 2, you may want to skip ahead just a bit. It would be hard to do this review without giving away something from the first two books. So, I will assume you have read them and move from there. At the end of book 2, Liam finds himself in a rather precarious position. That is where book 3 picks up. Liam awakening to find his (**spoiler right here if you haven’t finished book 2!!!!) kidnapper standing there with quite an agenda. I will not give anything else away, but let’s just say A) the kidnapper is bat shit crazy and B) we meet another of Chase’s relatives, this one not quite as likeable as Nicole and Josh.

Side note: I saw this book, in my mind, a bit like a two act play. The “situation” and the “follow up event”.

As the situation continues to unfold, Liam becomes a pawn in another’s game merely for Being Chase. The end of the situation comes following some rather unpleasant times and Liam ends up injured. He is then transported to a private hospital room for his care.

The follow up event is where it gets pretty damn HAWT. 🙂 Chase shows up at the hospital and all hell breaks loose. Well, let’s just say Liam may have broken through Chase’s walls.

Chase flicked off the light and I jolted slightly in surprise when I felt him slide into the bed behind me with a sigh.
Nothing I like better than a long, drawn out bedroom scene and Ms. Scotts provides one in spades. I realized when I was nearly done with the book that I was reading merely for enjoyment, based on the fact that I didn’t highlight any quotes until I was nearly finished. Not because there weren’t any but because I was just reading to enjoy the read. 

The way he’d touched me, not gently, exactly but…almost tenderly. Fierce, but tender. Like I-me, Liam Collins-meant something to him. The way he kept asking me to let him, let him touch me, take care of me. He’d seemed to really crave that. 

I’d always believed actions spoke louder than words, and Chase didn’t act like I was just a plaything, a ‘pet.’

Of course, we are left with a cliffhanger, although not quite to the extent of the last two books, as I believe Ms. Scotts is planning about six books total in the series.

My final determination, if you like some HAWT M/M scenes grab this book when it releases on Monday 4/28. 

With Chase receives 4.5 pieces of eye candy.







Here are purchase links for the first two books and GR link for book 3.
Being Chase:
Following Chase:
With Chase:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21972622-with-chase?from_search=true

Until next time. ~D~









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Double Review for A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House) by Jaime Reese

Denise’s Review:
First, I have to say, the cover art on this is absolutely perfect for the story, as you will see when you read this book, it makes complete sense.
This is a beautiful love story about two men who are starting over in their lives, after two very different paths. It was a slow burn, they did not instantly fall into bed, or immediately reveal their secrets. The course of their relationship builds over the year that was the deadline for completing construction on the halfway house. And it was perfect for these characters. With the very real issues in front of them, taking it slow was so important. You also felt that when they fell in love, it was real.
Nasty villain in this book, I won’t give away who it was, but let’s just say, it was somewhat surprising. And the person who steps forward at the end to support our main characters, also somewhat surprising.
This is a “read it twice” kind of book, and I am really looking forward to visiting the Halfway House again in the next book, hopefully revisiting the relationship of Matt and Julian again, as they spend their days helping others rebuild their lives. This is an emotional read, that will touch you in many ways. Worth every piece of eye candy!!!

“I can’t do this,” he brokenly whispered.
“J, do what?: Matt’s voice shook.
He finally looked up and saw Matt, his eyes haunted, kneeling next to him on the ground.
Oh God, what have I done to him?
“This,
I can’t do this opening up stuff,” he repeated…”You need to be with
someone who can do this with you,” he said as he jerked upright.

“J…wait…no.” Matt shot up next to him…
“I’m sorry,” he said as he raced out the door into the night.

Val’s Review:
I loved this book. This is Jaime Reese’s debut book and she did an amazing job. I felt drawn in from the very beginning meeting Julien, who was down and out of work. Then comes Matthew who has recently been released from prison after serving a five year prison term and is trying to build a better life for himself.
They meet thru an ad in the paper for a handyman needed and what follows is an emotional journey between Matt and “J”.  You will experience how these two fought their feelings trying to be professional, then moving to the banter and on to sexual frustration. This story takes place over a year and you will enjoy every minute of this.
I very highly recommend this book and cannot wait for book two to be released.
It’s definitely a five pieces of eye candy read.


Matt.  His anchor. The only person who had ever been able to break through the huge protective wall he had taken a lifetime to build. He loved Matt more than he imagined it was possible to love another person.  Julie couldn’t envision a future without him.

Matt was his blessing and his future and he damn sure was never letting him go.

The next book in the series is only a few days away.   April 29th.  Check out this gorgeous cover!  Jaime has outdone herself on this one!

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Book Review: My Big Fat Southern Gay Wedding (A Southern Thing) by Sara York by ~D~

 
My Big Fat Southern Gay Wedding cover
I can’t really do this review, without doing a review of the
entire series.  There are three books in
the series: Pray the Gay Away, Sending Jack Off to Jesus and My Big Fat Southern
Gay Wedding.  These books occur in
succession, and they are not standalone, you will need to read them in order.
Pray the Gay Away begins with Jack and Andrew meeting and
Jack instantly falling in love with Andrew. 
Andrew is sure Jack is messing with him, but Jack sees through
Andrew.  He can see that Andrew is slowly
starving to death, and Jack does everything to change that.  Both young men (they are both eighteen at the
start of the series) are closeted, because in the deep South you cannot be a
young gay men without a lot of danger. 
Jack working hard to protect himself, as well as Andrew and his little
brother Billy (who you will LOVE!).
These boys quickly fall in love, and it is truly so
beautiful to watch.   They rarely get any
time together, but when they do, they make the most of it.  Sneaking touches or kisses when they can, yet
not letting anyone know about each other. 
Jack continues to save Andrew in so many ways, and works hard on the
football field to make sure that he can make a life for them both once they
leave high school.
            Jack glanced around the parking lot before
he turned his deep blue eyes on Andrew, stealing his heart and leaving him
breathless.  “Will you be my boyfriend?”
The end of PTGA is hard to read.  To know that people who have raised a child
would treat that child in such a manner that they are scared to be themselves
in front of that parent is just sickening, but realistic.  Ms. York does a fantastic job of not letting
the reader get complacent with this love story. 
As in the real world, outside forces always are lurking to potentially cause
issues, and these young men have plenty in spades. 
Pray the Gay Away cover
Personally, this was a tough book to read.  It hit me deeply with the level of child
abuse, and I had to step away from it several times to recover emotionally.
Book 2, Sending Jack Off to Jesus is the hardest of the
three books to read, in my opinion.  To
watch these young men go through as much as they did, be torn apart and left
bleeding emotionally was just so tough to read. 
They loved each other so much, and yet people felt they had the right to
interfere.  I was so very angry, and
found myself yelling at my kindle things like “why couldn’t Jack do…” or “how
could that happen to Andrew without…”  To
me those are signs of a good book.  If I
find myself trying to give characters advice, that normally bodes well for the
level of writing.  These characters are
real.
            “You’re going to do what I say. New Life will
fix you. You’ll do what they tell you to do and you’ll be normal. No more of
this gay shit. You understand?”
I will not give spoilers. However, I will say that at the
end of SJOTJ, your heart will literally break into a million pieces, mine
certainly did.  You can only pray that
Ms. York will put it back again in Book 3. 
(And I will admit that I might have sent Sara York a message or two
begging her to at least tell me there was an HEA, and the comeuppance would be
happening to the appropriate people.)
Sending Jack Off to Jesus cover
My Big Fat Gay Southern Wedding, is the end of the
trilogy.  It opens with your heart still
broken, and continuing to break.  I got
the book in the evening, and immediately started it.  I wouldn’t put it down until I got to a
certain point (when you read it, you will know what that point is—Thanksgiving.)  I also cried for about the first 30% of the
book.  These young men, age 19 at this
point, had already gone through so much, and didn’t have each other to lean on
when their worlds were falling apart. 
The way they return to each others’ lives is probably the most
heartbreaking of all.  The pain and
suffering these men, and many young gay men in society today, went through to
find their way back to one another is a lesson in itself.  Both in the love that they shared above all
else, as well as how close one can come to losing it all and never knowing it.
            “You’re the special thing in my life. I don’t
need anything else. I could live anywhere, do anything as long as I have you”.
If I had one thing I would have liked to see was a bit more
of their life in Book 3.  It seemed a
little rushed as it seemed to cover a large time span in the second half, and I
would have liked just a little more of Jack and Andrew…but that may be me being
selfish.  J
Although there was not a lot of humor to be had in this
series, there were some great spots of humor for me: Billy; the underwear; and the
Gospel boys (their name, not their actions). 
It did help to dispel the emotional upheaval that was so prevalent
through their story.
            “My underwe-you’re really going to keep it.”
“For a while, I’ll give it back to you in a couple of weeks…maybe.”
You will find yourself very quickly begging for Billy to
have his own story (and I might have heard that was a possibility now!) and
dying for the HEA. Ms. York does a fantastic job of writing Jack and Andrew to
their HEA.  They deserved it, they worked
for it.
Please read the series, and remember that acceptance can
easily be given, but when it is taken away, so much is taken with it.  I am in awe of how Ms. York was able to
convey so much struggle in everyday life for these boys, and yet they were able
to still love unconditionally.  It was an
amazing ride, and I definitely will re-read once the book hangover has faded.

Oh, and did you see those covers?  They are amazing!  Well done, Sara!!!

Probably my favorite quote:
            “Yeah, but they didn’t win.  They were on the side of hate and hate always
loses in the end.”
I cannot do anything but give this entire series 5 pieces of
eye candy. 
   

 ~D~
Amazon links to purchase:
Pray the Gay Away:
Sending Jack Off to Jesus:
My Big Fat Southern Gay Wedding:
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Book Review: Double Alchemy by Susan Mac Nicol

 

denise review

I will start this review by admitting that I was a bit hesitant to read Double Alchemy.  I have only read one other paranormal book,
and it was far more comedy than paranormal.
I enjoyed it, but it did not instill a love of paranormal.  However, because it was Susan Mac Nicol, I knew this was a must read.  In fact, I had previously hesitated on a few of her books, for no real reason other than my own fears!  Susan writes so deeply and with such intensity that sometimes the book description has scared me off a little, although after reading them, I have no idea why.  That being said, I have read all of her M/M books now, and after finally reading Saving Alexander, I said that I would no
longer hesitate, and immediately bought Double Alchemy.  As always, Susan did not disappoint.

 This story is about Cade, an anthropologist, who happens upon Quinn, the Warlock King, in the woods.
Quinn immediately knows that Cade is his soulmate, but he also has Sprite in him, making them irresistible to each other.  Their attraction is immediate, animalistic, and HOT!!!!  When these two men come together, sparks fly.
            “Cade’s head swam and he had no idea how he
suddenly ended up totally naked, his clothes in puddles at his feet, with Quinn
busy stripping down with demonic speed…Fuck, the man must have big feet.  I don’t know how that’s ever going to fit
inside me.”
I absolutely loved these Cade and Quinn together.  Although Quinn was the Grand Master, Warlock
King, and full of magyck, Cade would not let him get away with even the
slightest things.  Cade saw Quinn as the
human, with faults and annoying habits, and loved him anyway.  Cade was never nervous about telling Quinn
where to put those bad habits, either, no matter who was around.  And they were able to enjoy each other, have
fun and laugh together.
            “’Hell, Cade, you are trouble.  I knew that the minute I saw you in the woods
that day.’ Cade’s mouth curved in a sexy smile and Quinn’s cock pushed against
his zipper. ‘That’s trouble with a capital T, girlfriend,’ Cade camped up.”
Quinn, on the other hand, although a true Alpha male, adored
Cade, and would do anything for him, even risking his life to save Cade.  They were great opposites who fit together
perfectly like two halves of a whole.
One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was the
action.  There was a lot going on, and
things kept brewing up, would be settled, then more would come up.  However, my concern with paranormal has
always been that I wouldn’t quite understand what was happening (okay, that
might have been just my own fear) but Susan made sure that the reader
understood all the magyck as the men worked through all their trials and
tribulations.  There were so many layers to this book, and yet Susan made it possible to not only follow along but kept you wondering as to what else could come up!
Although, there is not a cliffhanger, there were definitely
enough unanswered questions that I can smell a Warlock King and Fey Sprite
Volume 2 ahead.  And I, for one, can’t
wait!  (I might have seen a posting somewhere that the “Climax” is in edits.  Woo Hoo!)
If I had one thing that I would say on the other side, it
would be that there were a few errors in the book that perhaps should have been caught during editing, but not
enough to take away from the heart of the story.
For my first true paranormal book, it was really a great
adventure.  For a Susan Mac Nicol, it was
another amazing book.  It was full of
lots of undeniable love, hot sex scenes, action and interesting secondary
characters (I am sure there is more to Marco than appears initially!).

I am giving this book a solid 4.9 pieces of eye candy.

 

Purchase links:
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