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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Beta Test (#gaymers #2) [Tristan & Ravi] by Annabeth Albert

I enjoyed this one, but I gotta say it took me time to warm up to both characters. Ravi and Tristan are more than opposites they also dislike each other, it's a turf I have an issue with. When you spend time mocking someone turning upside down to loving them? it could happen but me personally I might keep a sort of a grudge.. just saying..

Tristan and Ravi started working at "Space Villager", a company developing an online role playing game. They couldn't be more different and not only because they come from a different background professionally, Ravi being a graphic designer and Tristan from accounting.  Ravi an open gay extrovert, always surrounded by friends and Tristan who couldn't be more introverted and also a closeted gay.. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

New Status Needed (#gaymers, #1.5) [Adrian & Noah] by Annabeth Albert

This was a sweet short novella, the cover is a huge spoiler.. It's not a "turf" I care for but getting more of this cute couple was a sweet bonus. Adrian and Noah have been a couple for a few years now (though Annabeth doesn't specify exactly how many) and they are about to experience a VERY special moment in their lives. 

Status Update (#gaymers, #1) [Adrian & Noah] by Annabeth Albert

This was SO sweet and beyond that, it was such a touching story. I was waiting for Noah and Adrian to find a way to truly keep each other and I gotta tell you - it wasn't easy!

I haven't been reading lately. Too much on my mind and very little time to just relax with a book so in a way I "made" myself sit down. Didn't know what to expect because I forgot to read the synopsis and since I haven't read any book by Annabeth I was totally going blind on this one and I was just HOOKED! Realizing Noah was living in a Motorhome was such a funny surprise as I've been investigating the subject lately. I wish I could connect with Noah if only to get his input on the matter hehe 

Noah have been living a very solitary and conservative life. He is a professor in a Catholic College, at the moment at a sabbatical struggling to finish an academic book. His only true connection is with his dog Ulysses. He won't admit to being lonely but he is. When Adrian sort of stumbles into his life he is the EXACT thing he needed. It's more than just companionship it's a chance at love, something he vowed to reject, living his life in solitude. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Change of Heart (Change of Heart #1) by Mary Calmes

My issue with this book is something you either REALLY mind or you don't. If I had to name it using just one word I think "destiny" might help out but it's not just it.. Reading PNR books you are usually presented with a lot of situations in which people are "destined" to be together and so their attraction is either OTT or there's this "click" between them they can't shut off and here they are - a couple. While I CAN accept that in PNR books to some extent I don't like it. Heck, the MC in this book doesn't like the idea of being stuck with someone because that's how the "laws of attraction" works so why should I?

Jin Rayne is a werepanther but he's not just ANY werepanther, he is destined to mate with a pack leader (there's a special name for that "destined job"). That's is quite bizarre considering he is male and pack leaders is male "job". What kind of pack leader would want a man for a mate? Jin does his best to avoid any pack leader not only to NOT stumble upon his destined mate but also because he has a certain appeal because of his special "destiny" that makes him likeable to right around anyone who meets him (human or shifter). Though it's nice having most of everyone on your side it felt a bit "staged" and very "fake". While Jin was trying his best to stay in the side lines, wherever he goes people just want him to stay and almost worship his strange appeal. When meeting other shifters with other "destinies" (other "jobs") it become a little unbearable for me. I understand that shifters are not a real thing.. but I would like the story at least to feel realistic somehow. Alas, it wasn't.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Reading List

March symbols the beginning of Spring, a new circle, new beginning. I'm starting to get used to my "new" schedule this year, but there are still so many things to work on and improve. I'm dreaming of a better tomorrow, or rather a better year, with plans and hopes I truly wish would come to pass. 

I wish you - whomever is reading this - the best Spring ever and hope and wish for the time and the right kind of piece of mind to enjoy as many books as possible. 

I always have too many books on my list. This month won't be any different. I plan for the best, but mostly I find myself putting aside ones I couldn't find the time to read or books I would rather put aside than finish. I just hope that the ones I DO read would be GREAT ones. 

Statistics (will be filled at the end of the month)
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♥ Contemporary Romance 
♥ Paranormal Romance 
♥ Mystery / Romantic Suspense 

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    Ever After by Riley Hart & Christina Lee

    I LOVED this one, thought it broke my heart to pieces too many times to count. This love story was SO beautiful and endearing and yet there was so much sorrow with two men who are destined to remain apart not only because of their difference in station but mostly because the combination of that with them being gay. 

    The feel of the story was simply incredible. I labeled this one "Contemporary" but it's not. It's a Fairy-Tale without the "magic" part or rather it's a timeless romance novel. There are things that might be considered "modern" but maybe not so much, there are things that are "missing" from modern times but they didn't feel necessary or even relevant. It really gave the whole story a special vibe that made it about the story, the couple, and not specifically of a time and place, which also made it more relate-able. It's not JUST a fairy tale, it's a story that happens and happened before and possible would keep on happening (until we evolve past labels and positions, hopefully..).

    Sunday, February 25, 2018

    Fighting Irish (The Summerhaven Trio #1) [Rory & Britt] by Katy Regnery

    Loved this one! What a sweet and endearing story! Loved both Rory and Britt as well as the beautiful setting of the Summerhaven resort. What we got of the other two of the Haven triplets - Ian and Tierney made me SO interested in seeing how THEY get their HEA. 

    Rory Haven grew up with his two siblings (triplets) Ian and Tierney in a beautiful resort were their parents (and grandparents before) welcomed  privileged kids for their summer vocation. One Thing their mother was VERY clear on was no fraternize with the guests. Rory, a good kid, did his best to stay away from the beautiful Brittany Manion so all they did was share stolen glances in the 4 years she went to the summer camp. 

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    The Auspicious Troubles of Chance (The Auspicious Troubles of Love #1) [Chance & Jacky] by Charlie Cochet

    I'm not sure why really but I didn't connect with Chance, our sole POV. He started with a lot of "telling" of his personal history and continued with not enough of "showing". Chance had a very difficult life, being unwanted for too many years and when he finally found himself everyone he cared about were tragically taken away from him. Not knowing where to go now he finds himself in the French Legion looking for a commander that is said to be able to make a "proper soldier" out of him. Same man will turn out to be a lot more than just his officer.

    I'll admit I haven't read a lot of this one. After 25%, which isn't a lot page-wise considering it's not a long novel, I felt isn't for me. Chances' way of thinking, his general disposition towards life didn't appeal to me.. So I figured I'll just let it go.. 

    Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Lingus by Mariana Zapata

    After reading "The Wall of Winnipeg and Me" I knew I needed to read more by Mariana, when I've heard she also own Great Danes there was NO WAY I wasn't scheduling all of her books ASAP hehe. This was Mariana's first book and I gotta say I really enjoyed it! :) I'm usually not that into long romance novels (unless they are of the PNR genre) but the "slow burn" works SO WELL with Mariana's writing. 

    This is a sort of "unlikely" romance story in which our sweet and in a way innocent young woman - Katherine Berger - falls for the porn star and he in turn falls madly with her as well. You would think it's going to be a kinky story but though there are jokes and sexual innuendos, this was a sweet story of a two strangers becoming best friends and little by little falling in love. 

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Bobby Green (Johnnies #5) [Vern "Bobby" & Reg "Digger"] by Amy Lane

    This was NOT what I was expecting and I'm SO sad that this one didn't work for me as much as the previous ones in the series which were AWESOME. They were not what I was expecting in a good way considering "Johnnies" is a company which makes Porn.. I just had a hard time connecting with the story or rather with Vern and Reg and from what happened until I stopped I think it won't work for me further on. 

    I've read the previous installments two years ago, and though I remember I loved them, I don't remember too many things. It quite annoyed me frankly to have all those characters I remember yet I don't remember ENOUGH to feel comfortable with the setting. With Reg and Bobby, frankly I don't remember anything about them. So in a way it was like starting anew. 

    Monday, February 12, 2018

    Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) [Nate & Rebecca] by Sarina Bowen

    It was sure worth it to wait for Nate and Rebecca's story :) I loved it to pieces and not only because I've missed this series so much! I'm not a hockey fan, it's not that I have anything against it, I just haven't actually SEEN a game in my life but through reading the books I SO wish I had someone to watch a game, any game, and help me figure out what's going on out there on the rink!

    The story line of this book and the previous one ("Pipe Dreams") is very similar so you should know that reading anyone of them before the other would spoiler SOMETHING though mostly tidy bits. I didn't mind any of that really because even if you read this one as a stand alone (which you totally can!) it's obvious who's the couple in the previous one, and if you've read any of the previous ones you KNOW Becca and Nate MUST find their way to each other's arms. The only other spoiler refers to the state of the team which doesn't matter that much to the story itself so I didn't mind that as well.

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    Do Over by Serena Bell

    I have this really annoying habit of NOT reading synopsis of books by authors I already know I love. It's not suppose to be annoying, it's just that when an author enters my insta-buy list I don't even bother because I BELIEVE it's going to be great no matter what the story is about. Yet there ARE things that are less than appealing to me.. so imagine my surprise when a 4 years old INVADED my book! 😲😣

    So basically most of my issue with this book is totally and absolutely about ME and what I prefer to read or rather prefer not to read in my books. For me, kids destroy the fun, the relationship buildup and insert all those cute-sy moments I cringe at. Not every book with a kid does that, but in this one, Gabe has quite a big part. So I say if you enjoy kids in your novels or you don't dislike it as much as I do - totally and absolutely give it a go! 

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    February 2018 Reading List

    Let's be truthful, January was quite a horrible month for me. I had a lot of issues to deal with which meant me being stressful, sick (as usual) and also have very little to no time to read. 

    I have very little I want for this month in particular. I want to regain normalcy mostly. To be able not to run around my tail and yet be able to sort out everything I have in mind to do - including reading. 

    This month I'm not going to miss the new releases by Serena Bell (though technically from last month - 30th), Sarina Bowen, Amy Lane and Katy Regnery SO EXCITED about each of them! But there are also more I have in mind - Charlie and Mariana as a part of my yearly "project". 

    I'm wishing myself GOOD LUCK and to you happy reading whatever you decide to read :)

    Statistics (will be filled at the end of the month)
    Total Books: 5 +(  2 DNF )
    Total Pages: 1760
    Pages per day: ~63
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    ♥ Contemporary Romance / Erotica 
    ♥ Historical Romance 

      Wednesday, January 31, 2018

      Dream (Skins #1) [Dylan & Angelo] by Garrett Leigh

      This book was NOT an easy read. Like most of Garrett's books, it's the kind to break your heart to too many pieces before it is reassembled back together. Yet there is always a sort of hope because we KNOW Garrett will bring us a HEA even if it will takes us a while to get there.

      The story is told from both the MCs POV which was perfect in this one. We needed to understand them both and I gotta say it wasn't easy. We've technically met Dylan Hart before in Garrett's only MF novel "What Matters" (written as Gracie Leigh). His relationship with his best friend Sam turns to be more than he can handle now that he realizes he can never get more than a threesome with him and his girlfriend Eddie. Thing is, Eddie and Sam are soulmates and he feels like an intruder, nothing more. Not knowing how to deal he shuts both of them off and goes to a kinky sex club to blow some steam. 

      Tuesday, January 30, 2018

      Claimed in Shadows (Midnight Breed #15) [Aric & Kaya] by Lara Adrian

      I've waited SO LONG for this book but now that I'm finished with it I mostly feel disappointed. Somehow I had a hard time connecting to the two MCs. I'm not even sure why. My main issue is actually how much time we spent in each one's head and how repetitive these thoughts were. I was just over it. When I was a little over the half mark I started skimming through those thoughts waiting for the action to FINALLY arrive. It was too little too late. Even the reunion of the founders of the order wasn't enough for me and the main villain in this one was SO obvious I was impatiently waiting for SOMEONE to uncover it and it too took way too long.

      So what do we have here? Aric Chase, stops in Montreal to help with a mission against Opus Nostrum. He is assigned with Kaya Laurent a new to the order breed-mate with a special ability which is quite essential to their mission. They have a hard time together at first. They might both be attracted to one another yet Kaya plays warm-cold with Aric and he doesn't know what's her problem, while for Kaya he is too full of himself (to even consider to trust). Yet her true problem is something else entirely. She is hiding a secret. One that as time goes by turns to be more and more problematic and dangerous not only to the order but for her staying with the order.. As they grow closer together Aric tries to make her trust him enough to confess what is bothering her but she is adamant almost to the very end about keeping this secret to herself.   

      Sunday, January 28, 2018

      Tribute Act (Porthkennack #8) [Nathan & Mack] by Joanna Chambers

      This book should have been a medical recommendation for me I swear! I had a horrible month, the year truly started on the wrong foot so I'm so glad that this book was in my schedule it made thing so much better. It was sweet, yet heart-breaking but also heart-warming at the same time. It was tender yet it wasn't mushy. It was about family taking you for granted and yet loving you fiercely and trying its best which isn't always enough. It was simply beautiful. If you don't have this book on your list - add it NOW, and do yourself a favor and find the time to read it. It's SO worth it. 

      Nathan Bridges meets Dylan MacKenzi (aka Mack) rather randomly at a pub. After sharing a night together Mack disappears and Nathan (our sole POV) is left feeling he might have lost something before he even got to having it... It was good, but more than that it had a promise that vaporized when he woke up alone to find a cold note.

      Friday, January 12, 2018

      Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue by Charlie Cochet

      I really enjoyed this one! But it's surely going to be one of the worst reviews I've ever written because I don't want to spoiler ANYTHING. So let's just make it simple - Do you like strange ghost stories? If the answer is yes - no debate, just grab this short novella and ENJOY!

      Wednesday, January 10, 2018

      The Bells of Times Square by Amy Lane

      This book truly broke my heart. I can't remember when (or even if..) I EVER found myself crying for a WHOLE hour (the last of the book). Truly a masterpiece, though I know that no matter how much I'll try my review won't give it the justice it deserves.

      The book start with a very old Nate Meyer. Like every year since 1946, Nate have been going to Times Square in New Years Eve to listen to a church bells that never actually ring in honor of his wartime lover. At this age and time, Nate can barely communicate and is strapped to a wheelchair - but that won't stop him from his yearly ritual. 

      By his side is his (not yet out) gay grandson, trying to ask his grandfather for acceptance. Nate sees his grandson's lover and looking at them together makes him relive again everything he had and lost with HIS lover - Walter.   

      Saturday, January 6, 2018

      The Heart of Frost (North Pole City Tales #2) [Jack & Rudy] by Charlie Cochet

      I didn't like this one at all :( The pace was very strange, mostly it was slow. The relationship between Rudy and Jack was already established YEARS ago, they were sweet together, at times a bit too sugary even. But my problem was the plot part of the story took WAY too much time and while all the action happened Jack behaved SO badly I couldn't care less about him. Yeah he had his reasons and mostly he "wasn't to blame" still doesn't mean I like him..

      Mending Noel (North Pole City Tales #1) [Tim & Noel] by Charlie Cochet

      This is the first I've tried by Charlie besides the THIRDS series. I had high expectations I'll be honest.. which is why I'm so sad and annoyed this one just didn't work for me. The world building is AWESOME. I don't celebrate Christmas but if I did I would probably find this one even more special. Every reference, every character or theme in this book is ALL Christmas. It was really cool seeing how the author made a whole new world were all the characters and treats are everyday life material.

      Monday, January 1, 2018

      January 2018 Reading List

      Happy New Year!!! 🥂

      New anything really makes me excited. Maybe the only thing new I don't necessarily get excited about are new books. I don't mean new releases! These I get SUPPER excited about, but books, paper ones, I rather have old ones than new. Their scent and feel is what makes them special. 

      This year I have new projects (reading all books published by an author)! Naturally finish reading Amy Lane, Mary Calmes and Emma Jameson (T.Baggins/S.A Reid), but I'm also planning on going through the booklists of Charlie Cochet, Cari Z.Mariana Zapata & Suki Fleet. Planned on most of them to star this month but didn't work out as planned..

      So besides my projects I have also 3 (!) new releases this month! Garrett Leigh, Joanna Chambers and Lara Adrian. Pretty excited since they are ALL by authors I absolutely love (and mostly read all of their published work already). 

      As usual not sure I'll get to read ALL of them, but I'll do my best. Really excited about all these books, it feel like a new beginning but not really considering I've already know I LOVE all the authors I have picked for this month. 

      Statistics (will be filled at the end of the month)
      Total Books: 7
      Total Pages: 1154
      Pages per day: ~37
      Click for more Recap & Goals of previous months

      ♥ Paranormal Romance 

      ♥ Contemporary / Historical Romance 

      2017 Yearly Recap

      Every year it's the same, when the year is almost over I start organizing the books for the next one and think about what I've been through book-wise this past year.

      Lucky GoodReads enjoys organizing our statistics for us, right? 😉
      I love looking at the statistics. I realized I've read a bit more than last year which I considered then to be "horrible" when it comes to reading. Also it's fun realizing just HOW MUCH I've read and so many of them great books! My rating statistics are the same as last year - 4.3 in average but it's now wonder really, I stick to authors I love which is why I decided this year to have a countdown of my most read authors by books. 

                                                     1. Mary Calmes (34 Books)
                                                     2. Amy Lane (19 Books)
                                                     3. Katy Regnery (14 Books)
                                                     4. Sarina Bowen (8 Books)
                                                     5. Christina Lee (6 Books)
                                                     6. Garrett Leigh (6 Books)
                                                     7. Emma Jameson (5 Books)
                                                     8. K.J.Charles (5 Books)
                                                     9. Cari Z. (5 Books)
                                                     10. Charlie Cochet (4 Books)

      It's not a shock that my most read author is Mary Calmes and then Amy Lane and Katy Regnery, these three have been my "projects" these past 2 years. I"m TRYING to finish reading all of their published work and while I have finished reading all of Katy's books, I plan on finishing Amy's and Mary's in 2018. With the amount of books they publish and keep publishing I'll have my hands full :)

      The rest of my list is no surprise either - Sarina Bowen, Chrisitna Lee & Garrett Leigh are true favorites. I've already went through each of their published work and keep waiting for MORE. 

      Emma Jameson, at least under this name is new to me, she doesn't write under this name my "go to" genres and yet she keeps surprising me. I'll be finishing all of her published work next year. Cari Z is also someone who keeps surprising me with the diversity of her novels. Every book is something entirely different and mostly not what I was expecting. She too will be my project for next year as well.

      K.J. Charles is still new to me, I just read Historical Romance series by her but it was enough for me to realize I've GOT to try more. 

      Last but not least is Charlie Cochet. 2018 is going to be the year I tackle all of her published work. Her Urban Fantasy series jumped in no time at all to be my absolute favorite PNR series of all times. 

      I gotta say, it was hard picking up the books for each author but I did my best to put at least one of my absolute favorites of this year :)

      There are 3 more authors I feel like I must mention especially because they were new to me and a very pleasant surprise!   
                                                               Kim Fielding
                                                               Aly Martinez
                                                               Sue Brown

      I've just scratched the surface with these three but I hope I'll find the time to add more of their books in the near future. 

      Naturally these are not the only authors I've read this year or my only favorites, some authors publish less and so though I REALLY enjoy their books and auto-buy them, they won't make a cut if I only look at how many books I've read.. Frankly, I love reading, and especially enjoy reading these authors (who took 80% of all of what I've read this year). When you stick to what you already know you love you're rarely surprised (to the worse). 

      I already have my list for 2018 ready, it's going to be more of the same. If that's what you're into as well - we'll be having our usual fun together next year as well 💃
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