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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

REVIEW & BLOG TOUR : Boy Shattered by Eli Easton






Title : Boy Shattered
Author : Eli Easton
Genre(s) : Contemporary gay romance
Length: 85,000 words approx.
Publication Date : October 16th 2018
Cover Design: Tiferet Design
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Rating : 3/5 Stars



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Brian
You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?

Landon
Will you kiss me?
When I came across Brian Marshall,the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.




My heart is not a lion’s. I fear everything. Especially the truth.Maybe a day will come when I can tell you: this frightened heart is yours… 

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Fear is the little death. The mind killer…

I must admit that I’m completely sold to the cover and the blurb instantly, and it curious me even more when the author said that the story was inspired by the Parkland school shootings and the students movements that following the tragedy.

The premise of the story actually good and promising enough. The story completely fictional but the author trying to make it as real as possible and THAT what squeeze my heart at some part. The horror the author trying to portrayed when the shootings happening was believable enough. The trauma that shadowing both MCs written in good way too. Brian and Landon journey to overcome the trauma and the connection that growing between the two were beautifully portrayed in very slow pace. Brian’s conflicts with his father more less could added the tensions in the story. The mystery of who the shooters identity is another part that made the story become more interesting. But unfortunately, I felt the story not quite ‘gripping’ enough for me to have deep connection with the whole story and both main characters because I still can feel that there’s something missing here.

The tensions that the author trying to build at nearly end of the book still didn’t fulfill my expectations. Somehow, (surprisingly) I already knew who the shooters are even before it finally revealed.

I must admit that I have HUGE expectations about this book, but in the end I felt a bit disappointed because it turned out not like what I expected.

I know it risky enough to made a story based on the actual tragedy that happen to some high schools in the US these past few years with all the gun control legislation issues that following the action. I know the author already trying so hard to bring these issues through the fictional characters and scenes she put in the story and I appreciate her braveness for writing this. I can’t say that this book wasn’t good because in fact I do like the book, but I found that the book not gripping enough to me. I’m sorry…




Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published.

Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particular admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.

In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.

In 2018 Eli hopes to do more of the same, assuming they reschedule the apocalypse.

Her website is www.elieaston.com
You can email her at eli@elieaston.comcom

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

REVIEW : Betrothed (The Alpha Princes #1) by Claire Cullen






Title : Betrothed by Claire Cullen
Series : The Alpha Princes #1 
Genre(s) : Gay romance, M/M/M, Omegaverse, Non-shifter,  Mpreg, Paranormal-fantasy, ménage
Release Date : September 6th 2018
Rating : 4/5 Stars



Life’s no fairy tale, especially for an omega. 

When William’s father names him heir to the throne, it kicks off an event the alpha has both longed for and dreaded; the courtship contest. In a matter of weeks, he has to choose the two people he’ll spend the rest of his life with. He has Elliott; his best friend and secret love. But his family cares more about making ‘the right kind’ of match and less about little things like love and happiness. Will doesn’t want to end up in an unhappy marriage like his father, and he doesn’t share his family’s loathing of omegas.

Elliott loves Will with all his heart, and the long wait for them to be together is almost over. But first, he has to help William with the difficult task of choosing a third person to share their life with. When he meets Cinder, he knows there’s something special about the shy omega. Choosing an omega won’t be easy given the kingdom’s past, but he’s determined they’ll make it work. Until he realizes there’s more working against them than simple jealousy and family politics.

Like every omega in their island kingdom, Cinder dreams of being invited to the palace and the prince falling in love with him. Too bad that only happens in fairy tales. When his stepfather sabotages any chance he has of being selected, Cinder thinks it’s time to let go of his dreams. But when a twist of fate sees him wind up in the palace anyway, he has the chance he’s always wanted. He finds himself dealing with jealous betas, his bully of a stepbrother, and a royal family who want to pretend omegas don’t exist. Even that won’t deter him when he finally sets his eyes on Prince William and his close friend, Elliott. But someone in the palace is determined to put a stop to things and when Cinder finds himself imprisoned, their fairy tale romance hangs in the balance.

Betrothed is a ~ 97,000-word novel featuring a polyamorous romance, a modern-day fairy tale, intrigue, angst, mpreg, knotting, and of course, happy endings. There are scenes not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen.





“Yes, you. Always, you. From that moment I first saw you in the hall, and our eyes met, I knew you were special. You’re like us, you see. You care about others, about protecting them, helping them. You fit, Cinder, right here, with us...”


I’m so intrigued by the blurb when I read it for the first time. This is  another gay version of classic Cinderella retelling. But not like other Cinderella story I’ve read, this one had given the new touch to the famous fairytale by make it into a omegaverse menage story. And I’m SOLD instantly!

The author brought this classic fairytale into a different level. There’s no mean stepmother here, instead there’s an evil stepfather and his hateful Beta son who put the omega stepson into misery. There’s also no fairy godmother or godfather here who will spread their magic to help the poor boy each time he’d been bullied. Cinder must take good care of himself from his stepfather wrath or from his stepbrother hateful act. There’s also no the famous glass shoes (or boots?) or magic pumpkin car which bring him to the prince ballrooms dance.
Cinder must depends on his own luck and destiny before fate finally brought him face to face with his Prince charming…

When the King finally choose him as the future king, William must face the next step in his life as the king successor, choosing his spouse through the courtship contest.

The fact is….William already has someone in his heart all these years and they have to keep it secretly. Elliott has become William best friend and lover since their young age back in the school and when they served together as a medic in the army. Elliott and Will are inseparable since then.
William didn’t want his marriage to end like his parents, where his beta father and mother cannot lived in harmony since the beginning. William didn’t want being trapped in the same situation with what his parents have, that’s why finding a right person to added into the relationship he had with Elliott wasn’t the easy things to do. William need to find someone who can related to both him and his lover and understand with what they have. Because Elliott happiness is one he care the most.
When fate then bring the beautiful omega with rare blue eyes into his face, William start to hope that maybe there’s a way to make his dream come true…

For years become William best friend and lover, Elliott know for sure that one day he must accept that there will be another person in their relationship when William crowned as the future king. And he already prepare himself to share William heart with another guy. Deep in his heart he knew that William heart will always be his no matter what will happen in the future. One thing that become Elliott concern is William happiness. He know for sure that William will find the right person to add into their relationship and Elliott willing to help William find that person with all his heart.
When Elliott assigned as one of the courtship contestants, he meet this beautiful omega with the most stunning blue eyes he ever seen. There’s something about this Omega that drawn his attention. When William share same interest with him about this beautiful young omega, Elliott decided that he will do anything to make things right for William, him and the young omega…

Cinder used to have a very happy life, but everything changed after his father died and his mother remarried again with another alpha, his life soon started to trembling down. When his mother passed away, Cinder has to faced all the worst thing his stepfather and stepbrother lashed on him. His only hope is waiting patiently for his 21st birthday so he could be free, leave the house and hopefully find a kindhearted alpha who will love him wholeheartedly.

When the kingdom announced the new selection to be the prince future spouse, hope sparked in Cinder heart, but soon everything turned bad because his stepfather had cut his chance to be selected. But fate seem to find it's own way to bring Cinder destiny to meet his prince charming. And from the dirty hayloft horse stable in his stepfather house, Cinder walk his path to the King palace…

His journey wasn’t easy once he arrived at the palace and become one of the candidates, Cinder must faced a lot of political intrigue inside the palace that almost cost his life and conspiracies caused by people who didn’t want The Prince take an omega as one of his spouse due to The Omega Laws and for what had happen in the past before he finally have his own HEA.

Cinder grow up with very low self confident and have serious trust issues. So, when suddenly The Prince and his lover set their eyes on him and asked him to trust them, he didn’t trust it easily. What he didn’t realize is that there’s an Alpha Prince and his Beta lover who will do anything to keep him safe and engulfed him with their love…

Overall, the story is interesting enough to follow. The conflicts are very intriguing and the mysteries and suspense are written in very good and quite tense. The romance also thick right from the beginning, the interaction and emotional connections between the three and their journey fighting for their love and happiness are portraying  in very romantic way.

There are few things that still not clear until the end of the book, like who’s the real puppets master behind all the conflicts is, but maybe it will be reveal in the next book, right?

I really want to know more about the two other princes in this story. Alex and Jimmy’s story really intrigued me, but Jimmy’s story definitely curious me even more.

Bethroted is a heartwarming retelling of the classic Cinderella story with omegaverse-ménage touch that you shouldn’t miss!



Tuesday, October 2, 2018

ARC REVIEW : James – Uncontrollable (Man Up #5) by Felice Stevens






Title: James - Uncontrollable
Author: Felice Stevens
Part of Series : Man Up Series book 5
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: October 2, 2018
My Rating : 5/5 Stars
Buy links: Amazon 




It's time to travel with James and Malcolm through their twenty year history as they battle each other and struggle to hold on to a lifetime of secrets.

James 
Never good enough.
Not the real son.
I will prove him wrong—prove everyone wrong.
I am someone.
I will succeed.
I don’t need my brother to help me.
I don't need anyone.
My enemy holds my secret.
He teases me.
Taunts me.
Follows me with his eyes.
Our hot, angry kisses keep me up at night.
I don’t want him.
I hate him.
But I can’t stop thinking about him.
That there's more to him
I want to discover him.
The truth is unexpected.
My enemy might not only be my friend but the love I never thought to have.

Malcolm
Live, love, laugh.
Life is too short to worry when you don’t know how long you’ve got.
I want every day to be my best.
Like it’s my last.
My friends see what I let them.
Not the real me.
Only one man has ever crawled beneath my skin.
He drives me crazy.
Makes me wild.
Makes me care.
A night of bad decisions changes the course of my life.
Everything I've known no longer makes sense.
My enemy now stands by my side.
I’m no longer running.
I want to stay.
I want a future.
Hate has changed to something new and wonderful.
Something terrifying.
Uncontrollable.
Love.





“You. That it was you. Always you...” 


So, what happen when your greatest enemy becomes your greatest love?

I have wanted this story for so long and always curious about James’s story since the very beginning. As we KNOW, James and Malcolm couldn’t be at the same room together more than five minutes without glaring at each others.

Seeing how James ‘hate’ Malcolm in furious way had stirs curiosity in me, and I want to know the story behind all those strong hate with trace of desires between these two. And when I finally know the secrets both James and Mal's hides all these years, my heart broke for them equally…

For once I wanted someone to care about me, for me…

For years James craved to be loved, to be notice. Through his anger to his father, he build his own success through all the pain, hurt and disappointment of being unloved by people he hope would love him back unconditionally. Keep people at arm’s length and always hiding behind his grim and cool demeanor are the wall of lies he build to protect himself from being hurt…

James lashed his anger not only to his father but also to his brother, Rhoades and his bestfriend, Malcolm. But in the end it’s Mal who can ‘get’ through James tight wall he build to protect himself from being hurt. Because after all these years, Mal is the only person who actually ‘sees’ the real James since the very beginning...

“You may not think I know you, but I do. From the first, when you busted into our lives, I’ve been watching you. There was always something about you. No matter how hard you pushed me away, I’d always come back…To you.”

Behind Mal's charming and naughty personality lies a secret he hide from people around him, include Rhoades. Mal only want to live his life into the fullest and life freely without being worry about what will happen next. But in the end it’s James who made him realized that FINALLY there’s something that make him want to ‘stay’…

It’s funny how fate sometimes showing you the way to your other half through someone you hate for years. And James never thought that his worst enemy might not only be his true friend but the love he never thought to have…

James and Malcolm story had become the most anticipate book from this series, and I’ve prepared myself for their story since Mal's first appearance and teased James in annoying way, and devour it eagerly when it finally come in my hands.

I love Mal for his patience when he must deal with James’s anger and hurt. I love how Mal patiently stay by James's side when he keep pushing him away, but I must admit that I love James MORE and my heart broken for him for what had happened in his live and how he struggling with his own demon and survive before finally found his true self and happiness. And like the perfect pieces of puzzle, they completed each other in amazing way.

There’s no one can write such a story that could play your emotions during the reading like Felice. The love-hate between James and Mal and the push-pull games between the two, the anger, hurts, regrets and bitterness are written in absolutely emotional way by the author. It’s heartbreaking, warm, hot, beautiful with light touch of some silly banters and funny-Awww moment that will give you constant blushed and made the butterflies in your tummy gone wild….


You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~ Paul Sweeney.

And that what I felt when I finished this book...and I really didn’t want to say goodbye…

James's story definitely one of the best read I have this year and he and Mal will have special place in my heart ❤

All the stars in the sky to James and Malcolm's story, because FIVE will not enough...

Highly recommended!








Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, Her characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

Felice has written over twenty books in the gay romance genre. Her books been translated into German, French and Italian. Her novel. One Call Away, part of her Soulmates series, was mentioned in Buzzfeed as one of the best “Out for You” gay romances of 2017.


Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. She recently retired from the practice law and now daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.









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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

ARC REVIEW : The Fall (Love In O'Leary #1) by May Archer






Title: The Fall

Author: May Archer
Genre(s): contemporary gay romance
Series: Love In O'Leary, book 1
Release Date: September 26th 2018
Rating : 3/5 Stars
Buy Link : Amazon 






I was in free fall the moment we met, and I just keep falling.”


Small town police officer Silas Sloane knows every resident of O’Leary, New York. He’s earned the love and respect of its citizens, though living under the small-town microscope grates on him. But though he’s good at his job, there’s one thing he’s not good at: commitments… Until Everett.


Widower Everett Maior, O’Leary’s newest citizen, came to the small town kicking and screaming. He never wanted to become primary caretaker for his grandfather, and has no interest in living the provincial life. Snarky and superstitious, he’s proficient at keeping people at a distance... Until he lays eyes Officer Silas Sloane.


Strange, unsettling occurrences are plaguing O’Leary, though. As danger looms, Silas and Everett find their growing attraction undeniable. But can they remain safe…and together…despite everything that threatens to tear them apart?






I’m totally curious which couple/characters from The Date who will get the first spotlight in the first book from Love In O'Leary series by May Archer. So, when it turned out that Silas/Si Sloane, the hot smexy small town police officer from the prequel who will be the first to take the spotlight, it intrigued me even more.


The premise of the story looks so good, the grieving theme the author trying to bring into the surface is interesting enough to read, but unfortunately it’s not enough to play my emotions during the reading. I like the banters but I didn't feel a strong connection between Ev and Si like what I expected to be. The sparks between the two MCs was just so-so for me, but the push and pull games between Si and Ev is one thing that I like here, the sexual innuendos was 'there' since the beginning but still not convincing enough for me to light up the mood. The suspense the author trying to build through mysterious disappearance of the campers and the possibility of serial killer issues that roaming in the woods and the twist at nearly end of the story didn’t help much to add more stars to my review.


Silas's changing from a commitment phobic into someone who crave a steady relationship after he met Ev is another things that I like from this book, but on the contrary, Everett 'uncertainty' a bit annoying me at some part.


This book still as confusing as the prequel with a lot secondary characters that trying to grab the spotlight and I must admit it a bit dulling the MCs part. I still struggling in memorizing the 'who is who' almost the entire reading and need to back and forth to the previous page (or even reopen the prequel book, The Date!) to digging some information about the secondary characters that shown up as the fellow ‘towny people’ or those who become the inner circle in this series who have constant interaction with the main MCs.


Overall, the story quite promising enough especially with the interesting opening that gave me a bit goosebumps sensation at the beginning, but as I dive more deep into the story, it turned out that the story was far from what I expected and ended as an okay reading for me. I'm sure there's a lot of people out there who will love this book better than I do, but unfortunately this book didn't work well with me. Or maybe it’s just ME who can’t relate with the story quite well...


So, the next question is, will I still interested in continuing this series?


Well…if the next book will be about Daniel Michaelson, I think I can give this series another try…

Because this guy definitely made me curious and I want to know MORE about him!



Friday, September 21, 2018

ARC REVIEW : Honey from the Lion (Love Across Time #2) by Jackie North






Title: Honey from the Lion
Author: Jackie North
Series: Love Across Time series, standalone
Genre(s): time travel romance, gay romance
Release Date: September 21st 2018
Rating : 5/5 Stars
Buy Link : Amazon




Soulmates across time. A love that was meant to be.

In present day, Laurie, tired of corporate life, takes a much-needed vacation at Farthingdale Dude Ranch.

The very first night a freak blizzard combined with a powerful meteor shower takes Laurie back to the year 1891. When he wakes up in a snowbank, his only refuge is an isolated cabin inhabited by the gruff, grouchy John Henton, who only wants to be left alone. His sense of duty prevails, however, and he takes Laurie under his care, teaching him how to survive on the wild frontier.

As winter approaches, Laurie's normal fun-loving manner make it difficult for him to connect with John, but in spite of John's old-fashioned ways, the chemistry between them grows.

Sparks fly as the blizzard rages outside the cabin. Can two men from different worlds and different times find happiness together?

A male/male time travel romance, complete with hurt/comfort, true confessions, a shared bed, fireplace kisses, the angst of separation, and true love across time.




"I would lie to keep you… 
If they asked me, do you love him, I would lie and say no just so I could keep you."


If the first book of Love Across Time series was about a soldier from WWI who traveled across the time to the present day. In this second book is about a man who traveled back in 1891 and then met the love of his life...

When I read Heroes for Ghosts, I was amazed by the author writing and her capabilities in engaged the reader to the story. And I fall in love instantly with her writing since then…

So, I have this great feeling that the second book will be as amazing as the first one, and I’m so glad when its right.

Honey from the Lion is another beautiful and heartwarming time travel story that I ever read. The two main characters are so endearing with very strong impression. Laurie journey to the past and how he trying to adjust in his new life back in time when he met John were portrayed and feels so natural.

The interactions and emotional connection between Laurie and John was build up in a very slow pace. The chemistry was there and strong since the very beginning. Their growing affection to each other and those simply innocent touch during the chores in the cabin are written in beautiful way. The slow burn successfully added the anticipation into the high level.

I got a bit emotional and cried at nearly end of the book for what happen to Laurie and John.

Laurie knew how John story would end, and I know he’ll do anything to change it even if he must left his live behind and have no chance to meet his friends anymore….

I was hope that Laurie would told John about his story and where he came from, but I seems he decided to keep all that to himself and didn’t want to confused John with the time travel theory that will ruined what they already have. But still, I feel it’s not quite right for Laurie for not leaving any specific clue to Maxton and Zach about his ‘leaving’ and let them ‘grieving’ for the second time…

Honey from the Lion is not only a story about a man who finding his one true love through time but also the story about a journey to finding what your heart’s desire, a home where your heart always belong…forever…

And when the shooting stars finally find its way to get back home together with the Iron mountain, the sad story of Old Joe and his little red fox finally have the new ending….

"…(because) the Iron Mountain doesn't grant wishes, it gives you your heart's desire."



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ARC REVIEW : Invisible Ink (Paint #3) by Emma Jaye





Title : Invisible Ink by Emma Jaye
Part of Series : Paint Book 3
Genre(s) : Contemporary gay romance, May/DecemberDecember
Release Date : September 18th 2018
My Rating(s) : 5/5 Stars
Buy Link : Amazon


*)Trigger Warning : Contains scenes of drug taking, domestic abuse and self-harm.






Alex Fletcher waits for life.

One more year and he can move away, stop wearing hoodies to hide the bruises, self-inflicted scars and his sexuality.
No one knows him, no one sees him, until Chris Bacon shows him how to laugh, dance, live life in the moment, out and proud.
The lesson that life is too short hits harder than one of his dad’s punches.
Living the dream, being visible, is a step too far without chemical help.

Doctor, paramedic, drug counsellor, Nate Cooper is haunted by the brother he failed to save.
Brining Alex back to life on the floor of a gay nightclub is only the first step.
Peeling away the layers to find the real Alex means blurring the lines between age, upbringing, social position and the patient/doctor relationship.

Is Alex worth wrecking his career and giving up his addiction of saving lives?

Contains possible triggers for drug use, domestic abuse, self-harm and social anxiety.





“Just because you hide under that hood, it doesn’t mean I don’t see you.”

I didn’t expect to love this book more than the two previous book. I mean, I do love Chris and Jase, and I have this huge feeling that Alex and Nate story will be another something, but I must admit that I FLOVED this book a bit MORE than Chris’s book! Uhm, sorry Chris!

Both Chris and Alex have their own demons and issues, fragile at one side but also strong at the other side. And that’s why you’ll love them equally with their own uniqueness.

Nate's personality had caught my curiosity since he step into Chris’s life and help him survive from the addiction. The fact that he’s actually have everything but choose to become a medic and dedicated his life to save people from their addiction had made me curious about his background stories and past life. And when I have the hint that he’ll ended with the young Alex? It curious me even more…

The story successfully engulfed me right from the very beginning to the very last page. I know there will be a lot more angst and some scenes that will triggered the reader because of the domestic abuses and what Alex did to himself. What Alex been through and all the self harm he did (which describe and portrayed in very blunt and realistic way) really broke my heart. And I know, how difficult for Nate to ‘reach’ Alex since he didn’t trust anyone easily and always hide behinds the wall he build around him to protect himself and be invisible. How Nate using his unique technique to reach Alex  and communicate with him is brilliant. And I smile when what Nate did finally have new progress.

The characters development is amazing, the author portraying their weakness and strengths in almost believable way. And it’s hard not to involved your emotions in it. Alex depression, frustration and hurt and Nate’s struggle to keep everything as professional as he could and not cross their patient-doctor rule when he must deal with his growing feeling to Alex are written in very good way. It hurts me to watch how they both trying so hard put each other at arm’s length but at the same time seeing how they need each other like the air to breathe was so frustrating.

This book is an emotional, deep and passionate read, the story was intense and successfully squeeze my emotions and made my heart bleed. The author still good at playing with reader emotions and I think that’s what make this book worth enough to read.

RECOMMENDED!





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About Emma Jaye


Emma is the #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of series such as Hybrid, Call Girls, Paint and Incubus.

She have a reputation for writing in a wide swathe of genres, from Sci-fi and paranormal, to contemporary romance and erotica in m/f, m/m and multiple partners. She blame her rebellious muse (who looks like Chris from the Paint Series) for the angst aspects snogging the lust , and the banter biting the bum of suspense. You’ll find all this and more in her books! No matter the genre, she promises different characters, dark themes, steamin’ sex, laughs and a HEA or HFN.

After papering the loo with exam certificates (which she claims are all hers) Emma tried her hand at various jobs from tropical fish farmer, pet product development scientist, and academic course writer she discovered the fun of writing steamy fiction.

When she's not writing or beta reading/editing for a publishing company, she herds cats and sons, (occasionally a long suffering husband) and authors in the Goodreads Review Group where she rules supreme with a rather sexy flogger.





Friday, September 7, 2018

REVIEW : DOVE: Spread Your Wings (Recovery #2) by Angelique Jurd





Title : DOVE : Spread Your Wings (Recovery #2) by Angelique Jurd
Genre(s) : Contemporary gay romance, short story
Publication Date : August 29th 2018
My Rating(s) : 4.5/5 Stars
Book One Review Link : Goodreads



After surviving a fire that left him emotionally and physically injured, then rejected by a partner who couldn't cope with the aftermath, Lucas spent a year drinking in silence at the local gay bar. The bartender, Connor, eventually won him over and he started to live again. As Lucas begins rebuilding his life, his mother Gayle refuses to accept Connor's presence and hopes Lucas will reunite with his ex. Still battling nightmares, depression, and guilt, Lucas has to choose: stay in the darkness or let Connor help him find the light?



The more I read about this series, the more I like it.

This second installment of the series still brought the same feeling like what the first book did to me.

The second part of the story started right after Connor moved to Lucas apartment and showing the next stage of their brand new relationship with all the ups and downs.

The story still as interesting and heartbreaking as the first book. Here we can know a little more deeper about Lucas struggle to fight his trauma, depression and insecurity and how fragile his relationship with Connor when Lucas still struggling with his self confidence after what happen to him. On the other side, Connor also have his own ‘mess' he need to deal and Connor's uncertainty and jealousy to Lucas's ex almost ruined their relationship and commitments.

Will they overcome all the obstacles in their relationship?

Again, the author show her amazing skill by slowly revealed both Lucas and Connor's past and put it together so nicely in a good writing. Knowing that Connor was not ‘that’ perfect and have his own 'issues' has made he looks a bit more 'human' than the perfect guy impression we saw before and made the story more believable.

One thing that a bit not logic for me here is how can Lucas’s mother did such things like that to his own son? How come she sided with Justin after what he did to him and didn’t care with what Lucas feels. Is she blind or have no sense at all?

I really can't wait for what will happen next to their  story. I need to know more about Connor's background story and what make he want to help and fix things, include Chris.

And I wish I could hear more story about Chris and Phill. Will they have their own book? I want to know what happened to Chris when he first met Connor. What his story? I’m really curious.



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